Page 3205 - Week 10 - Thursday, 17 September 2015

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MR RATTENBURY: That is a “You will find out in two weeks, Alistair.”

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Assistant minister, will the ride sharers be penalised if they operate before a regulatory environment has been established?

MR RATTENBURY: Mr Coe will find out the full details of the package when the government releases it in a couple of weeks.


MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Minister for Roads and Parking. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the significant investment the ACT government is making on road construction that Roads ACT is delivering across Canberra?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her interest in roads in the ACT. There are a number of large construction projects underway at the moment as well as a number of major projects that will have public tenders and contracts let and will commence construction in the next 12 months. These include the Majura parkway. This project is 11.5 kilometres long, providing a seamless connection from the Federal Highway to the Monaro Highway via a dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction. The bridgeworks are progressing, with the completion of the whole project by the end of June 2016. The total cost of this project is $288 million and is co-funded by the commonwealth government.

The Constitution Avenue upgrade, worth $42 million, will provide a vibrant public open space and a sustainable, integrated transport network through the city. The upgrade will deliver infrastructure improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users with a dedicated bus lane in each direction, bus priority at intersections, landscaped verges, lighting and stormwater improvements.

Upcoming major works include the Barton Highway-Gundaroo Drive-William Slim Drive roundabout upgrade. This project improves safety and traffic flow. Traffic signals will be introduced to control the traffic according to the time of day. An additional lane will be added to all four approaches to the roundabout to better manage traffic and improve public transport access through the intersection. Indeed, it will reduce times. These improvements will be funded as part of the federal government’s roads to recovery program and have a particularly positive impact for residents of Crace trying to access the Barton Highway during the morning peak periods.

The Gungahlin Drive augmentation will widen to three lanes a 1.6-kilometre section of Gungahlin Drive from north of Sandford Street to the Barton Highway on the southbound side. An additional signalised left turn lane will also be provided from Well Station Drive into Gungahlin Drive. The Ashley Drive duplication stage 2 project will duplicate Ashley Drive in Canberra’s south, providing an important link

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