William Slim Drive in Belconnen will be the focus of Labor and the Liberals’ election campaign today, with both committing to its duplication during the next Legislative Assembly.
As part of an overall $141 million roads package to be announced today, Labor will also match the Liberals’ earlier promise to duplicate Gundaroo Drive from Gungahlin Drive to the Barton Highway.
Athllon Drive between Sulwood Drive and Drakeford Drive in Tuggeranong would make the cut for duplication under Labor, too, at a cost of $30 million.
The ACT Government had already committed to stage one of a Gundaroo Drive upgrade between Gungahlin Drive and Mirrabei Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue, the duplication of Aikman Drive, Ashley Drive, Horse Park Drive, Cotter Road, and the upgrade of the Barton Highway roundabout, which are all currently underway.
Labor would also spend $6 million across the city on road resealing. It says a million square metres of roads were resurfaced on its watch last year.
It would schedule intersection upgrades at Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive (Belconnen); Southern Cross Drive and Starke Street (Belconnen); Belconnen Way and Springvale Drive (Belconnen); The roundabout at Gundaroo Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue/Mirrabei Drive (Gungahlin); and Launceston Street and Irving Street (Woden).
Finally Labor would fund the design of new roads, including an extension of Nudurr Drive, duplication of Tharwa Drive from Woodcock Drive to Pockett Avenue, and duplication of William Hovell Drive northbound.
The Greens earlier committed to a $30 million spend on road upgrades.
Pictured is the Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive roundabout. Photo: TAMS