Transport Canberra and City Services


Parkes Way Widening

Project background

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 construction of a third lane from Glenloch Interchange to Edinburgh Avenue in both directions which increased the capacity of the road and in turn improved traffic flow and road safety
  • improvements to the Parkes Way on-ramp to Commonwealth Avenue by increasing the length of the merging lane with London Circuit southbound traffic
  • new street lighting was installed along the route.

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.

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