Page 375 - Week 01 - Thursday, 27 February 2014

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(7) What is the time line for this project and why has it taken so long to complete.

(8) Is the rest of Cotter Road to be made into dual carriage way; if so, what is the cost of that.

(9) Has Heysen Drive, Weston also been disrupted during these roadworks and has it taken five months to complete one small roundabout; if so, what was the cost of this and why has it taken so long.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The upgrade of the intersection of Cotter Road and Streeton Drive was part of the planning for the new suburbs of Molonglo. The final design for these works was completed in October 2012 and tenders were called in November 2012 for the construction works.

(2) The Economic Development Directorate (EDD) advised the disruption to traffic from combining the construction works would have been untenable due to the traffic controls required at the new intersection of Kirkpatrick Street and Cotter Road and at the Cotter Road and Streeton Drive intersection. The Kirkpatrick Street intersection also created a new access into the new suburb of North Weston, which was required to be open before the Cotter Road / Streeton Drive works could commence.

(3) The Temporary Traffic Management plans are the responsibility of the contractor. The plans were developed in conjunction with EDD and the contractor and then approved by Roads ACT after significant public consultation had been carried out.

(4) (a) The total approved budget for the two intersections is $28.5 million.

(b) This budget has been generated using the most up-to-date costs for similar works. There were considerable costs involved in relocating of major services that run parallel to Cotter Road and services that run across the intersections of Streeton Drive with Unwin Place and Dixon Drive.

(c) A simplistic comparison of the per metre unit rate for these two projects does not account for the traffic controls required to build the Cotter Road intersections while under traffic and the costs for the relocation of the major services which are not applicable to the Majura Parkway project.

(5) The only recent work that has been removed is the temporary pavement that was placed as part of the first stage of the John Gorton Drive Project. This pavement was just east of the new bridge that crosses over the drainage channel that drains into the Weston Ponds. The area of Cotter Road that has been removed east of Streeton Drive is old pavement that needs to be replaced as part of the new works to provide for the level differences in the new works. The current project will tie into the recently completed works at the intersection of Cotter Road and Kirkpatrick Street.

(6) EDD completed significant public consultation that included a number of letters to all the residents of Weston Creek; a presentation to the Weston Creek Community Council; road closure notices in the Canberra Times; notices in the community noticeboard and personal notification by the contractors representative regarding the closure of Dixon Drive. Advice on the two projects has also been posted on both the EDD and Weston Creek Community websites. All public queries for this project are

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