The ACT Government will deliver a significant ACT Roads upgrade package as part of the 2017-18 Budget, Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris announced today.
The package will fund significant upgrades to major thoroughfares, as well as intersection upgrades and feasibility studies for future works. The investment will address current congestion issues in suburban areas around Canberra and plan ahead as our city grows.
“This $43 million roads upgrade package provides a significant boost to the world class road network around the Territory, and starts delivering the infrastructure commitments we took to the 2016 election” Minister Fitzharris said.
“The stage 2 duplication of Gundaroo Drive between Gungahlin Drive and the Barton Highway is a project that many in the Gungahlin community have been asking for and I’m glad we can deliver on this commitment in the 2017/18 Budget.”
“An additional 2.6 kilometres of Gundaroo Drive will be duplicated to a dual carriageway, extending the duplication works currently underway between Gungahlin Drive and Mirrabei Drive,” Minister Fitzharris said.
“The Government is also planning for the future needs of our city, and we have identified future roads works related to the Canberra Brickworks and the Molonglo developments that need the groundwork done now to ensure we can get the work done quickly when the projects are funded in future budgets.”
“We are also conscious of population increases in the Belconnen area – and have invested in design works on the Bindubi Street Extension and the William Hovell Drive upgrades.”
Further road works funded in the upcoming ACT Budget include:
- An additional $2.8 million to upgrade the Gundaroo Drive and
- Mirrabei Drive intersection as an extension of the Stage 1 Gundaroo Drive duplication already underway. The roundabout at this intersection will be replaced with traffic lights, improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross Gundaroo Drive, Mirrabei Drive and Anthony Rolfe Avenue; and
- The intersection of the Federal Highway and Old Wells Station Road upgrade, with $1.2 million committed to design and construct a new four-way signalised intersection to support safe access to the new Canberra Park Resort tourist facility and events held at Exhibition Park.
The 2017-18 ACT Budget will see the Government delivering on the commitments we took to the 2016 election on the areas that matter most to Canberrans. We will invest in better health care through our 10-year health plan, better schools for our children and better services for our suburbs, while making the right investments to renew our city and maintain a strong local economy.