Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Works start on Pialligo Avenue/Scherger Drive intersection

Media Release

DC066/2017

23 March 2017

Joint release with:

Zed Seselja

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

Meegan Fitzharris

ACT Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services

Work has started on upgrading the busy Pialligo Avenue and Scherger Drive intersection to improve traffic flow to the city during peak periods.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $1.13 million Roads to Recovery project would boost Pialligo Avenue's capacity as a key link between Canberra and Queanbeyan.

“The upgrade is being fully funded by the Australian Government and will reduce queuing at the intersection and improve the safety and capacity of Pialligo Avenue,” Mr Chester said.

“It will also cater to the growth in commercial development in the area which has increased traffic volumes in recent years.”

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja said an additional lane would be built on the city-bound approach to the Pialligo Avenue and Scherger Drive intersection, allowing motorists to bypass the traffic lights.

“The extra lane means drivers will be able to bypass the traffic lights at the intersection, and it is really pleasing to see work underway with the construction contractor Complex Civil Pty Ltd setting up on site. The works are expected to be completed by mid-2017, weather permitting,” Senator Seselja said.

ACT Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said there were no expected road closures during these works, however there would be some changed traffic arrangements and reduced speed limits in place.

“I would like to thank residents and road users for their patience while this project gets underway,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“These works follow the upgrade of the Pialligo Avenue and Oaks Estate intersection, completed in mid-2016, where new traffic lights were installed at the intersection to enhance safety by allowing traffic from Oaks Estate Road to more easily access Pialligo Avenue.

“This upgraded intersection will help traffic flow more smoothly and make the intersection safer for all road users.”

More information on the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery programme is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/r2r.