Parkes Way carries over 35,000 vehicles a day and, with increased residential development in the Molonglo Valley and Gungahlin, the volume of traffic is forecast to increase to 40,000 vehicles a day by 2016.
Due to the projected increase in traffic the ACT Government allocated $14.7 million to upgrade and duplicate Parkes Way.
Scope of works
The scope of works included:
The new duplication was completed and opened to the public in January 2014.
The Parkes Way widening project has improved travel times for people living in Canberra's south who currently use the Tuggeranong Parkway, and for residents in the north and west of Canberra who use William Hovell Drive and the Gungahlin Drive Extension to get onto Parkes Way.