Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive intersection upgrade tender awarded

Media Release

MCC007/2015

19 October 2015

Joint release with:

Mick Gentleman

Minister for Roads and Parking

Work on the $10 million Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive intersection upgrade will begin soon with the construction contract awarded to Huon Contractors Pty Ltd.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the project was being funded by the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery programme.

“This project will bring relief to motorists and build on Gungahlin's integrated transport network to improve safety and reduce congestion,” Mr McCormack said.

“The upgrade will see additional lanes and traffic signal control on all four approaches, as well as a realigned shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The popular Roads to Recovery programme is a crucial funding partnership between the Australian Government and local governments delivering safer roads for all motorists, with an extra $1.105 billion provided over the next two years from the Australian Government for local road and street works.”

Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman said the signalisation of the intersection would be coordinated to balance traffic flows on all approaches.

“The upgrade will balance traffic flows and ultimately reduce driver delays,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Works are also currently underway on the Gungahlin Drive augmentation, with the current shared path to be removed to allow for road widening, and a realigned shared path for pedestrians and cyclists to be constructed first.

“Whilst these projects will bring relief to motorists upon completion, the construction phases of both will present some inevitable traffic congestion, and I would like to thank motorists for their patience during its construction phase.

“Gungahlin residents will be kept up-to-date throughout construction with electronic road signage, website information, social media posts and letterbox drops.”

Speed restrictions and some lane closures will be required during construction, and signage will be used to provide travellers with up to date information about the impacts and timing of the works.

Works are expected to start in coming weeks and take approximately 12 months to complete.

For more information on the project please visit the TAMS website at www.tams.act.gov.au.