Page 1694 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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An additional 2.6 kilometres of Gundaroo Drive will be duplicated to a dual carriageway, extending the duplication works currently underway between Gungahlin and Mirrabei drives. The upgrade will include on-road cycle lanes and modifications to the roundabouts at Abena Avenue, Nudurr Drive and Burrowa Street. Gundaroo Drive currently carries up to 23,000 vehicles per day, and this upgrade will increase capacity on the road and help relieve congestion, particularly during peak periods. Design and approvals have already been completed, which is great news for the residents of Gungahlin, as this will allow construction to commence in early 2018.

I was also very pleased to announce an additional $2.8 million for the replacement of the roundabout at the Gundaroo Drive and Mirrabei Drive intersection with traffic lights. This will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly those seeking to access Yerrabi ponds. (Time expired.)

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what other work is the government doing on future road upgrades to ensure we keep people moving across our growing city?

MS FITZHARRIS: As we know, in the federal budget handed down just this week the ACT was largely forgotten in terms of infrastructure spending. The Leader of the Opposition has given his very best efforts to claim that the ACT was a winner in the budget but the simple fact is that all we were given in new infrastructure spending was $3 million for design and feasibility for a road going out of the territory.

The ACT is now the only government in this town that is supporting infrastructure spending in the nation’s capital. The roads package announced today has $43 million in investment for construction, design and feasibility work for roads right across the city. This is on top of the work that we are already doing on Horse Park Drive, Gundaroo Drive, the Cotter Road and Ashley Drive.

A $1.2 million upgrade to the intersection of the Federal Highway and Well Station Drive which was announced in the roads package will support safe access to the new Canberra park resort tourist facility and events held at Exhibition Park. Upgrades to roads in the Canberra brickworks precinct include the design and construction of a new access road and upgrades to the Dudley Street and Novar Street intersection in Yarralumla.

In addition, the government has allocated funding to progress three priority feasibility studies. As a government, we are funding the design and feasibility work now to cater for our growing city. These include the Molonglo east-west arterial road feasibility study to investigate the alignment for the east-west arterial road at Molonglo from John Gorton Drive to the Tuggeranong Parkway, including a bridge crossing of the Molonglo River, an interchange at the parkway and a trunk cycle path.

The William Hovell Drive feasibility study will focus on transport network improvements for west Belconnen and Molonglo, including an assessment for upgrading William Hovell Drive between Drake Brockman Drive and Coulter Drive and the Bindubi Street extension road feasibility study for the extension of Bindubi

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