1 July 2020

Gundaroo Drive duplication complete removes one more bottleneck

| Dominic Giannini
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The Gundaroo Drive duplication

The Gundaroo Drive duplication has been completed two years after it started construction. Photo: Supplied.

The 2.5-kilometre duplication of Gundaroo Drive between Gungahlin Drive and the Barton Highway is complete, two years after it started construction.

The $30 million project also includes new off-road paths for cyclists and pedestrians, LED street lights, new bus shelters and sound barriers to reduce traffic noise for nearby residents.

While the speed limit will eventually be increased to 80 km/h, the road work limit will remain in place while landscaping is undertaken over the coming weeks. Around 450 trees and 50,000 shrubs are being planted along the recently duplicated road.

Roads Minister Chris Steel said the duplication will lead to a better and safer road network in the ACT.

“This was a bottleneck prior to the duplication and so the combination of both the upgrades we have made to the Barton Highway roundabout with traffic signals and the duplication will save people minutes off their trips to the city and through to Belconnen,” Minister Steel said.

“We have also put in extra bus stops as well for the black rapid route, which provides that strategic transport connection, rapid services running every 15 minutes or less through to Belconnen.

“It will provide a quieter, smoother and fast connection through to Belconnen and the city.”

Duplication on the road connecting Belconnen and Gungahlin between the Barton Highway and Ginninderra Drive will begin work in the coming months. A tender for the project will be released in July.

“We are expecting some delays with the construction of the Williams Slim Drive duplication,” Minister Steel said. “That will start construction in Spring.”

Four lanes were opened between Nudurr Drive and the Barton Highway in June 2019.

For more information, visit City Services.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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