Transport Canberra and City Services


Ashley Drive duplication

Project background

Ashley Drive is an arterial road located in Canberra's south and provides an important link between Johnson Drive in Richardson and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa carrying over 20,000 vehicles a day.

Ashley Drive, from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, is being duplicated to a dual carriageway.

Temporary footpath closures

Clift Crescent footpath

A section of footpath on the north side of Monks Creek which crosses Ashley Drive under the existing bridge will be closed from 23 January to 22 December 2017. This will allow works to be safely conducted on the road bridge.

A temporary detour is in place and pedestrian refuge islands have been constructed at two locations on Ashley Drive at either side of the existing Monks Creek bridge to provide safe crossing opportunities during construction. Please follow the detour signage in place.

Bugden Avenue underpass

The pedestrian underpass at Bugden Avenue will be closed from 23 January to 22 December 2017. This will allow works to be safely conducted on the road bridge.

A temporary detour is in place and a pedestrian refuge island has been constructed just to the north of the existing underpass to provide a safe crossing opportunity during construction. Please follow the detour signage in place.

Scope of works

Ashley Drive, from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, is being duplicated to a dual carriageway. The upgrade will cater to all modes of transport, with north and southbound on-road cycle lanes, additional footpaths to link with existing off-road paths and the duplication of existing underpasses near Statton Street and Bugden Avenue.

The duplication of this section of Ashley Drive will aid in easing the increasing traffic demands in this area, particularly by commuters in peak periods.

The upgrade will help address the following issues:

  • excessive delays during peak periods where Ashley Drive intersects with Statton Street, Clive Steele Avenue and Bugden Avenue
  • excessive queuing and delays on the northbound approach to Isabella Drive during the morning peak
  • elevated crash risks at the eastern side intersections including Statton Street, Bugden Avenue and Clift Crescent missing links in the existing footpath network.

Image of artist impression of Ashley Drive intersecting with Barraclough Crescent

Image 1: Artist impression of the intersection of Ashley Drive and Barraclough Crescent.

Project funding

$24.6 million will be provided over three years as part of the 2015-16 ACT Budget. A further $3.5 million over two years will be provided in the 2016-17 ACT Budget.

Community consultation 

A six week community consultation on preliminary plans for the upgrade was held in November 2014 and over 150 pieces of feedback were received. A number of themes from the feedback have been included in the upgrade, such as a pedestrian bridge over Monks Creek connecting Monash with the facilities along Ashley Drive and noise walls extended to the eastern side of Ashley Drive near Gowrie.

Construction

Construction is underway and a reduced speed limit of 60 km/h is in place.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

Artist impression of the intersection of Ashley Drive and Strattion Street

Image 2: Artist impression of the intersection of Ashley Drive and Stratton Street.

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