The Gundaroo Drive duplication will reach a key milestone today with traffic switching to the new carriageway between the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club entrance and the Mirrabei Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue intersection.
Following this traffic switch, work will begin to widen the existing roadway, with the duplication works due to finish in mid-2018. Signalisation works will continue for a short time after this.
“With more than 23,000 motorists travelling on Gundaroo Drive every weekday, it’s important to upgrade this road as the Gungahlin region grows,” said Ben McHugh, Director of Capital Works and Development Support, Transport Canberra and City Services.
“The duplication will cut travelling times for Gungahlin residents travelling to and from Belconnen and south Canberra and improve safety and relieve congestion for all road users.”
This project has been expanded to include a new signalised intersection at Gundaroo Drive and Mirrabei Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue and an additional southbound lane on Mirrabei Drive from Paul Coe Crescent. This, as well as difficulties with the need to move significant utilities on Gundaroo and Mirrabei Drive, and wet weather has meant delays to the project. We apologise for the disruption caused to residents and commuters due to this delay and want to assure the community that the work is being progressed.
The duplication of Gundaroo Drive includes:
- On-road cycle lanes to improve safety conditions for cyclists
- A new signalised pedestrian crossing south of Nari Street
- Priority lanes for buses travelling in both directions along Gundaroo Drive
- The relocation of a high pressure gas main on the north side of Gundaroo Drive between Nudurr Drive and the entrance to the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club.
Last year the ACT Government also committed to complete the duplication of Gundaroo Drive from Gungahlin Drive to the Barton Highway (Stage 2). This work will start in March 2018 at the southern end of Gundaroo Drive, between Nudurr Drive and the Barton Highway, and is due to finish in early 2020.
“The ACT Government thanks everyone for their patience while the duplication of this important road continues,” said Mr McHugh.
Traffic heading to Belconnen will still travel on the existing Gundaroo Drive roadway while widening works occur. The current speed limit of 60 km/h will remain in place for the whole works site, with further reductions to 40 km/h as required.
Drivers are asked to be mindful of the changed traffic arrangements and adhere to the work zone speed limits.
For more information on the duplication of Gundaroo Drive and other projects in the area, visit www.tccs.act.gov.au or contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.