Work on a new road to ease congestion in the busy Queanbeyan city centre officially started, with the first sod turned on the $86 million Ellerton Drive Extension.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the Ellerton Drive extension would create a safer and more efficient corridor, connecting Queanbeyan East to the growing southern regions of Googong and the future development in Tralee.
“We are turning the sod on an important project for Queanbeyan and the greater region. The Ellerton Drive extension will ease traffic congestion on local roads and improve response times for our emergency services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The extension will allow motorists to avoid up to 19 intersections and three sets of lights, reduce travel time across the route by 38 per cent, and direct heavy traffic away from schools.”
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project was necessary to accommodate the future needs of the community.
“During construction, more than 250 jobs will be supported, and once completed it will reduce heavy vehicles travelling through the centre of Queanbeyan and meet the future needs of residents,” Mr Chester said.
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said emergency vehicles would have greater ease of passage and road safety risks would be reduced.
“Each of these improvements will make roads safer and ease congestion in the Queanbeyan city centre. With the population of Queanbeyan and the surrounding region set to reach 56,000 by 2031, we are delivering a new road corridor that will cater for the growth of the city,” Senator Seselja said.
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said the Ellerton Drive extension would ensure Queanbeyan’s traffic network continued to operate efficiently.
“Construction of the EDE and a new bridge over the Queanbeyan River is a milestone in Queanbeyan’s development. Supported by successive councils over 40 years and the three levels of Government, this thoroughly and sensitively planned roadway will have major long term benefits for our community and the wider region, Cr Overall said.
The Ellerton Drive extension is a 4.6-kilometre project connecting Queanbeyan East with Karabar at the Edwin Land Parkway intersection with Old Cooma Road. The project includes a 700 metre upgrade of the existing Ellerton Drive.
The Australian and NSW Governments have each committed $25 million towards the project, with- Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council committing $36 million.
Source: Australian Government