Australian and NSW Governments Fund Construction of Queanbeyan Bypass

Media Release

WT093/2014

13 June 2014

Joint release with:

Andrew Stoner

Deputy Premier

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Peter Hendy

Member for Eden-Monaro

John Barilaro

Member for Monaro

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss and NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner today announced a joint funding commitment of $50 million to build the Queanbeyan Bypass.

The Federal and NSW governments have committed $25 million each to construct a 4.6 kilometre two-lane carriageway linking the end of Ellerton Drive to the new Edwin Land Parkway intersection at Old Cooma Road.

A bridge will also be built over the Queanbeyan River.

“The extension of Ellerton Drive will provide an alternative route for traffic wanting to bypass Queanbeyan's busy CBD and improve road safety,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government will work closely with both the NSW Government and Queanbeyan City Council to deliver this vital piece of regional road infrastructure.”

Deputy Premier Stoner said he was delighted the Federal and NSW governments had committed funding to start construction of the bypass in mid-2015.

“A Queanbeyan Bypass will not only ease congestion in the CBD but will provide better access for new housing estates in the area and maintain connection between east and west Queanbeyan during a 1 in 100 year flood,” Mr Stoner said.

“I'm also delighted to announce we have reserved $12.5 million from the state's dedicated infrastructure fund Restart NSW to help with construction,” he said.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the bypass would be delivered over a two-and-a-half year construction period, with expected completion in 2017.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals had committed $4 million towards ensuring the project was ‘shovel ready’, with $1.8 million already spent on initial planning and concept designs and $2.2 million allocated in next week's State Budget,” Mr Gay said.

“This project had been promised for more than a decade and the Australian and NSW Coalition governments are working hand-in-hand to help the Council deliver this great project for the Monaro.”

Dr Hendy said the bypass is expected to carry approximately 9,000 vehicles per day by 2031.

“This will take a lot of pressure off Queanbeyan's existing road network, where traffic is set to increase significantly over time,” Dr Hendy said.

Mr Barilaro said that aside from reducing congestion, the bridge would also be built to withstand one in a hundred year flood events caused by the nearby Queanbeyan River.

“Local residents can, therefore, be assured they will have full access to the road even during extreme wet weather events,” Mr Barilaro said.