Road and active travel improvements keeping Canberra moving

Released 18/09/2019

The ACT Government is continuing its commitment to building better roads and cycle paths with detailed design work for two road improvements out for tender.

The ACT Government will duplicate the final 4.5 kilometre unduplicated section of William Hovell Drive between Drake Brockman Drive and John Gorton Drive, supporting the growing regions of Molonglo Valley and West Belconnen as well as existing Belconnen residents.

"We are providing significant investment into road and cycling upgrades to ease congestion and keep Canberrans safe and moving around our city efficiently," said Minister Steel.

"With more than 20,000 vehicles on this road daily, and growing with more development in the area, we are planning for the future and building better infrastructure to improve commute times across our city."

"To promote better cycling connections, on-road cycle lanes and an off-road shared path will be designed along William Hovell Drive as part of the upgrades."

This duplication project will support the work currently underway around the new suburb of Whitlam with the duplication of Coppins Crossing Road (renamed John Gorton Drive). The first phase of works has been completed with the second expected for completion in mid-2020.

In addition to the William Hovell Drive works, detailed designs will also be prepared in coming months for upgrades to Morisset Road to support the future development in the area.

"Morisset Road is currently 1.25 kilometres and built to rural road standards, meaning it is only suitable for low volumes of traffic. We are investigating upgrading the existing road to meet current design standards, extending it by 1.2 kilometres to the Antill Street/Federal Highway intersection and providing stormwater infrastructure on Sullivan's Creek to reduce flooding incidents."

"In providing a link directly to the Federal Highway along Morisset Road, we’ll divert heavy vehicle traffic away from Flemington Road improving safety for all road users and providing opportunities for active travel infrastructure, including the provision of paths for pedestrians and cyclists directly to the future light rail stop in Mitchell."

"Canberra is growing and we’re committed to investing in our road network whilst also improving cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure, ensuring that Canberrans have a choice in how they commute and move around our city," Minister Steel said.

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