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Work begins on Majura Parkway

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Larissa Nicholson

ACT Roads Tony Gill.

ACT Roads Tony Gill. Photo: Lannon Harley

Motorists be warned, work has begun on the new Majura Parkway.

Roads ACT Director Tony Gill traffic signs and controllers would be in place this week, with partial lane closures expected.

But he said preliminary work on the project was not expected to cause traffic delays.

“The ACT Government thanks motorists and other road users for their patience during this work,” he said.

The new 11.5-kilometre, $288 million four lane road will link the Federal Highway with the Monaro Highway.

It is intended to enable better traffic movement from the north to the southside of Canberra and provide better access to the Majura Valley, and is due to be completed in 2016.

It will have a 100km/hour speed limit and is expected to carry 30,000 more vehicles a day by 2031 than Majura Road, which now links the highways.

Mr Gill said from Wednesday, controllers would be directing traffic south of the alignment on Morshead Drive, Fairbairn Avenue and Monaro Highway, near Canberra Airport.

They would also be working at the Federal Highway from Monday 21 January.

11 comments

  • With four years proposed for construction now is absolutely the perfect time to reconsider that old chestnut the Canberra International Dragway that was proposed for the area several years ago.
    With the new road will come easy access, more traffic noise etc that was an alleged problem back then and of course the brain stormer that Mt Ainslie would collapse.
    There are no more excuses not to go ahead with CID in all its original proposal and after all it was a rolled gold guarantee by then Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and his trusty ACT Labor stalwarts.
    Perhaps now we have Mr Mick Gentleman back in the Assembly and an often spoken of icon of ACT motorsport beit specifically rallying could pickup the ball dropped like a bar-b-que snag by Stanhope and ACT Labor to suit the inuendo and whining of an absolute ACT minority calling itself dragwayaway.

    Commenter
    Nitro Gangster
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    January 15, 2013, 8:23AM
    • I am less concerned about the Dragway than the construction timetable. This is an 18 month construction phase crammed into 4 years - and there will be delays due to floods, droughts and collapsed construction companies.

      I do hope the Blue Heeler that did all the work on the GDE is still employed - and now has a safety vest!

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      January 15, 2013, 9:25AM
      • Only four years ? What's going on here ? Next thing they will be building overpasses in two years. Oops ... they have already done that at Russell yes ?

        Commenter
        Can't rush these things
        Location
        Queanbeyan
        Date and time
        January 15, 2013, 10:01AM
        • Due to be completed 2016 at a cost of $288 million. OK so after the GDE that means opening some time around 2022 with an expected cost of $600-$650 million and the road completely useless for all that time.

          Commenter
          WotTha?????
          Date and time
          January 15, 2013, 10:17AM
          • Spot on WotTha..... I was just about to post the same but at $688 million

            Commenter
            Deutsch
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            January 15, 2013, 12:15PM
          • I'm willing to admit you are probably closer with the cost.

            Commenter
            WotTha?????
            Date and time
            January 15, 2013, 4:51PM
        • They built the Habour Tunnel in 4 years, and on budget, I bet this one won't be on budget.

          Commenter
          Martin Says
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 15, 2013, 10:24AM
          • I hope they can do a better job than the kilometer long section of Sutton Rd. they just dug up & repaired & re-sealed.
            It has large humps and dips built in that buck you out of your seat at 80kph...and potholes are are ready blowing through after a couple of months of use.

            Commenter
            dusty
            Location
            the buck stops here
            Date and time
            January 15, 2013, 11:56AM
            • YAY!! And about time too.

              Commenter
              Sharron
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              January 15, 2013, 1:22PM
              • Its only 20 years too late!

                Commenter
                Joe
                Date and time
                January 15, 2013, 8:37PM

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