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The Molonglo River bridge – looking north.

The Molonglo River bridge - looking north

What is the Majura Parkway?

The Majura Parkway will deliver 11.5 kilometres of dual carriageway on the eastern side of Canberra. The northern section of the road is open in both directions from the Federal Highway Interchange in the north to Fairbairn Avenue in the south. When bridges at the southern end are open to traffic, the Parkway will link Monaro Highway at Pialligo with the Federal Highway.  The  speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour.

How much does the project cost?

The Majura Parkway project is a $288 million investment in our regional transport network and is the single largest road infrastructure investment ever made in the ACT. The project was funded in 2011 by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments and will create long term economic, social and environmental benefits estimated at close to $1 billion.

What are the benefits of building this new road?

Already motorists are realising the benefits of the new Parkway and when fully completed the road will:

  • improve traffic flow and safety
  • add capacity on the ACT road network
  • reduced travel times
  • improve access to the Majura Valley
  • provide dedicated on-road cycle lanes to encourage cycling
  • provide an off road shared use path
  • support infrastructure for the Canberra International Airport to become a major international freight and commuter hub
  • improve access to the national and regional freight route.

The Majura Parkway has both on-road cycling and an off-road shared user path.
The Majura Parkway has both on-road cycling and an off-road shared user path.

What are some of the features of the road?

The 11.5 kilometre, dual carriageway  features 3.5 metre wide traffic lanes with on-road cycle lanes and an off road shared use path. The design features five bridges, two Bebo Arches and four underpasses for stock and wildlife.

A water truck at the Majura Pines plantation forest which also provides an important and well-used recreation area. The off-road shared user path winds through the Majura Pines.
A water truck at the Majura Pines plantation forest which also provides an important and well-used recreation area. The off-road shared user path winds through the Majura Pines.

How much traffic is the road expected to carry?

The Majura Parkway is forecast to carry around 40,000 vehicles a day including up to 6,000 trucks by the year 2030. The new road will play a significant role in improving the movement of freight both nationally and within our own region by easing congestion.

For up to date traffic arrangements refer to the Daily Traffic Update Page .

Will the road improve travel times?

The completion of the Majura Parkway is expected to significantly improve north-south traffic movements, reduce congestion and improve safety along this road corridor.

It will take seven minutes to travel from the Federal Highway to Fairbairn Avenue via the Majura Parkway, compared to 20 minutes previously via the old Majura Road.

How was the road alignment chosen?

Majura Parkway has been the subject of many studies over the years and several alignment options were considered. The selected road alignment was chosen as it provides the best design to meet the project's objectives while sensitively managing the natural environment and heritage significance of the Majura Valley area. A number of underpasses have been included in the Parkway's design as wildlife corridors or stock routes.

Surveying work takes place for the Majura Parkway project
Surveying work takes place for the Majura Parkway project

What will happen to Majura Road?

The Majura Parkway will replace the old Majura Road as the north-south transit corridor. Majura Road will remain as a service road to various properties and provide access to the Canberra International Airport business precinct.

What is the construction timeline?

Construction on the Majura Parkway  began in January of 2013. The entire project is scheduled for full completion in mid-2016.

Has the impact of flooding been incorporated into the design of the new road?

A flood behaviour study has shown that while there may be some localised flooding within paddocks, no additional flooding impacts to residential properties are expected due to the construction of the Majura Parkway.

How can I stay informed of the project's development?

Daily traffic updates will be announced on the Majura Parkway home page along with monthly construction updates. The Canberra Times will also feature monthly project updates in their Saturday paper.
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