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Canberra mornings: February 17, 2016

Today's top stories

A private consortium led by AFL club the Greater Western Sydney Giants has proposed an $800 million redevelopment of the Manuka Oval and surrounding precinct.

Road closures

10.10am: The two cars involved in that latest Tuggeranong Parkway crash - which is northbound under the Cotter Road bridge - are off the road but still awaiting tows, so take care if you're heading that way.

10am: A reporter who just passed the Tuggeranong Parkway crash said it's northbound but doesn't look like it's impacting traffic. An ambulance is on the scene.

9.48am: More woes for the Tuggeranong Parkway, it's believed a two-car crash this time near Cotter Road, possibly on the ramp onto the Parkway. Emergency services are on route, so we'll bring more detail as it comes to hand.

9.05am: The Tuggeranong Parkway is now open all directions after an earlier crash involving four vehicles. 

8.53am: There's street sweepers on the way to clear up after that four-car crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway but there are still going to be major delays. Steer clear if you're headed that way!

8.43am: We're hearing reports other major roads like Melrose Drive are clogged as commuters try and find a way to get to work that doesn't involve the Tuggeranong Parkway. If you know any sneaky back road short cuts, now is the time to use them. 

8.35am: Still no movement on the Tuggeranong Parkway. Just to recap, a four-car crash has blocked traffic heading north from Hindmarsh Drive to Cotter Road. There's no movement on that side while traffic heading south is excruciatingly slow due to people rubbernecking. Please avoid the area. 

8.18am: Northbound traffic on Tuggeranong Parkway is going nowhere and apparently southbound traffic is also going nowhere fast. There are reports southbound traffic between Hindmarsh Drive and Cotter Road is banked up to the zoo.

8.12am: Access to the Tuggeranong Parkway from Hindmarsh Drive is now blocked due to a four-car crash. If this is your usual way to work, find a new route. 

8.02am: Traffic is at a standstill on the Tuggeranong Parkway after a four-car collision. Northbound between Hindmarsh Drive and Cotter Road is blocked with a car wedged between a barrier. Massive delays expected. 

7.59am: Expect significant delays on the Tuggeranong Parkway between Hindmarsh Drive and Cotter Road after a crash. One lane is blocked and police are warning motorists to avoid the area. 

Look out for roadworks on a northbound section of Gungahlin Drive from Sandford Street in Mitchell to the southern end of Kosciusko Avenue in Palmerston. The disruption should last between 7am and 4pm. 

There are other changes surrounding the Majura Parkway with new traffic lights at the intersection of Monaro Highway and Morshead Drive now operational. Motorists travelling northbound from Fyshwick to the airport and Queanbeyan have been encouraged to use either the Fairbairn Avenue exit off Majura Parkway or Morshead Drive. 

If you see any accidents or have any info on the morning commute, let us know whenever it is safe to do so: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is on at Canberra's central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns. Until 21 Feb.

See 2015's best political cartoons at the Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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Weather

Today: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Max 26.

Thursday: Sunny, light winds. Min 10, Max 29.