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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 13 August 2015) . . Page.. 2943 ..

As part of this project the relocation of a section of high pressure gas main is to be completed. This will allow stage 2 works to be completed in the future without significant delays associated with this service relocation work. The design of stage 2 of the upgrades has been completed and is planned to be delivered following the completion of a range of transport projects in the region. This includes the upgrade of the intersection of the Barton Highway and Gundaroo Drive, the upgrade of Horse Park Drive near the new residential estate of Throsby and the widening of Gungahlin Drive near Mitchell.

The works on Gundaroo Drive will complement the signalisation and upgrade of the Barton Highway-Gundaroo Drive roundabout. In total these projects will cost about $41 million and provide a real solution to problems with traffic in Gungahlin. Egress from Crace will be made easier, wait times will be reduced for entry onto the Barton Highway and it will all be done without needing an extravagant $50 million flyover. The timing of the delivery of each of these projects has taken into consideration the delivery of the capital metro project and the potential impacts of these works.

As I mentioned earlier, this budget not only provides funding for works on Gundaroo Drive but also for Horse Park Drive. Roads ACT has received $1 million in funding over two years for a feasibility and design project which includes the sections of Horse Park Drive between Well Station Drive and the Federal Highway. When completed the $1 million feasibility study will make recommendations for the timing of the delivery of the remaining sections of Horse Park Drive between Mulligans Flat Road and the Federal Highway interchange. This will form a program of works that will be considered by government in future budget years.

Design work completed previously in 2013 included the duplication of Horse Park Drive between Mulligans Flat Road and Gundaroo Drive. These designs also included the upgrade of the intersections at Katherine Avenue and Francis Forde Boulevard to traffic signal control. The timing of the delivery of this section will be included in the overall delivery strategy. This is in addition to the duplication of Horse Park Drive, for which the Economic Development Directorate has provided $17.1 million and which will upgrade the road in the vicinity of Throsby and assist in the development of this residential area. The project includes the upgrades to three major intersections along the route at Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Mapleton Avenue and Well Station Drive.

Fourteen million dollars has been provided through this budget to improve roads in the Gungahlin town centre, including extensions to The Valley Avenue and Manning Clark Crescent. This work will support commercial developments in the town centre and will also be important to manage traffic arrangements with the construction of the capital metro light rail project and changes that will take place on Hibberson Street.

The ACT government, in partnership with the Australian government, continues to fund improvement to bridges on key commercial routes to ensure that access is available to the current fleet of larger and more productive commercial vehicles. This results in more productive commercial freight movements and lower operating costs. Of course, it is part of our integrated transport network. This budget also provides $700,000 to undertake strengthening works on bridges along the Monaro Highway from Pialligo Avenue to Isabella Drive to ensure a safe and reliable freight route from the Majura Parkway.

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