Apr 12, 2011

Works begin on Monaro Highway duplication

Works begin on Monaro Highway duplication

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 12 2011

Almost 130 years after it was first declared a road and more than two decades since work started on converting it from two to four lanes, the vision of a fully duplicated Monaro Highway is almost a reality.

Today the ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope turned the first sod on the $20 million upgrade to the highway between Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street in Fyshwick – the only remaining unduplicated section.

“As well as erecting new bridges over Canberra Avenue and the rail line, the project will duplicate 1.5 kilometres of highway by retaining the existing road for northbound traffic and building a new carriageway for motorists heading south,” said Mr Stanhope.

“Today’s sod turning is perfect timing given yesterday’s opening of the newly duplicated Lanyon Drive, with this latest upgrade set to complement the extensive work we’ve already completed around the Airport as well as the future Majura Parkway project.

“Once completed in mid 2012, the benefits of this new piece road infrastructure will be shared by the users of the Airport as well as the tens of thousands of people who commute daily through the precinct between Queanbeyan and Canberra.”

The upgrade to the Monaro Highway through Fyshwick is a jointly funded project, with the Gillard Labor Government contributing $18.5 million and the remainder coming from the Stanhope Labor Government.

Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said as well as providing better access to the Airport, this project will ease congestion for the 40,000 motorists which use this road every day – a number that will grow in the years ahead.

“Once again, it’s taken a partnership between Labor governments to build the infrastructure which should have been completed long ago,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Indeed today’s celebrations have only been made possible by the unprecedented $200 million investment we’re making in the Territory’s road network.”