Gundaroo Drive currently carries up to 23,000 vehicles a day, providing an important connection for Gungahlin residents travelling to Belconnen and south Canberra.
Roads ACT have identified the duplication of Gundaroo Drive as an upgrade requirement to improve safety, ease increasing congestion in the Gungahlin region, and manage traffic growth.
Stage 1 duplication works involve the construction of a second carriageway on Gundaroo Drive from Gungahlin Drive to the Mirrabei Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue roundabout. This section of the road has been prioritised due to accident trends and key areas of congestion.
Duplication of this section of the road will improve safety and relieve congestion in the growing Gungahlin region. On-road cycle lanes will be provided including safe passage around the two roundabouts on this section of road. Public transport will also benefit with the upgrade to the intersection of Gundaroo and Gungahlin Drives to include priority lanes for buses travelling in both directions along Gundaroo Drive.
The ACT Government allocated $31.1 million over the 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years to the project.
The stage 1 works also provide funding for the relocation of a high pressure gas main on the north side of Gundaroo Drive between Nudurr Drive and Gungahlin Drive. This is in preparation for the duplication of this section of the road which is subject to future funding.
Stage 1 duplication of Gundaroo Drive is progressing, with a lot of construction work underway.
More than 75 per cent of the footings for the noise wall have been poured, a crucial piece of the project which will provide relief to people living close to construction.
Utility relocation has nearly finished, while stormwater installation and earthworks are ongoing.
Difficulties in relocating utilities and an unseasonably wet winter in 2016 have delayed the project by a number of months. We expect the project to be up and running by the third quarter of 2018.
Note there are numerous projects on arterial and major roads in Gungahlin that are scheduled to be under construction at the same time and the ACT Government would like the thank motorists for their patience while these important works are undertaken.