Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s handed over the contract for the $13 million Parkes Way widening to Woden Contractors:
“The $13 million Parkes Way widening project will benefit all Canberrans and see the construction of a third lane from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue, which will increase the capacity of the road and in turn improve traffic flow and road safety,” the Chief Minister said.
“This is an important road upgrade project that will improve travel times for those from the south of Canberra who currently use the Tuggeranong Parkway and those from the north and west, who use William Hovell Drive and the GDE to get onto Parkes Way.
“Parkes Way carries over 35,000 vehicles a day and with increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley and Gungahlin, the volume of traffic is forecast to increase to 40,000 vehicles a day by 2016,” the Chief Minister said.
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The project will also involve improving the Parkes Way on-ramp to Commonwealth Avenue by increasing the length of the merging lane with London Circuit southbound traffic. New street lighting will also be installed along the route.
Existing lanes will stay open but with reduced speeds.