Page 694 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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Roads—William Hovell Drive

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (8.35): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the significant amount of traffic congestion on William Hovell Drive, particularly during the morning peak-times; and

(b) the congestion caused by the exit from the Gungahlin Drive Extension to Parkes Way exacerbates the congestion on William Hovell Drive; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) table by the close of business on Thursday, 23 February 2012, any statistical data and analysis thereof already held relating to vehicle counts and traffic flows on William Hovell Drive; and

(b) table in the Assembly by the first sitting day in May 2012:

(i) statistical data of daily vehicle counts on William Hovell Drive, in both directions, over a period of at least two weeks that does not include school or public holidays and split as to:

(A) peak times; and

(B) other times;

(ii) an analysis of that data;

(iii) based on that data and that analysis, an assessment of the delays experienced by motorists during peak times; and

(iv) a statement of the strategies and timeline the Government intends to adopt to alleviate peak-time traffic congestion on William Hovell Drive.

As a loyal member for Ginninderra, I want to draw to the Assembly’s attention tonight the problems that people have been complaining to me about for some time about William Hovell Drive.

Members who have been around and residents will remember that in about 2003, with great fanfare, the Stanhope government duplicated William Hovell Drive, at great expense. They tore up all of the carriageway that was there and put it down again, only to get just beyond the intersection of William Hovell Drive and Coulter Drive, and, bang, we ran out of duplication. It was bound to become a bottleneck, and it has become so now.

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