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$70 million Monaro Highway upgrades set to ease congestion

A $70 million package of works on the Monaro Highway in Canberra, at the Lanyon Drive-interchange, is aimed at improving safety, travel times and freight movements.

Construction at the Lanyon Drive intersection will be the first package of improvements to take place as part of the overall Monaro Highway upgrade project, with main works to start next year.

This is the work within the highway corridor from just north of Sheppard Street in Hume to the David Warren Road signals at the AMC correctional facility.

Key upgrades will include:

  • A new southbound flyover of the Monaro Highway over Lanyon Drive, including three-metre wide sealed shoulders.
  • The highway road pavement will be upgraded from David Warren Road through to Sheppard Street, including three-metre-wide sealed shoulders.
  • A new widened bridge on the northbound carriageway over Dog Trap Creek just north of Lanyon Drive

Another major package of works for the interchange is planned for 2024, subject to environmental and other approvals. This will include the removal of traffic lights at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and extension of David Warren Road to Lanyon Drive, with a new roundabout and signalised intersection connecting with a new Monaro Highway off-ramp and Sheppard Street.

Detailed design will now be finalised with major construction works expected to start in 2024 and take around three years to complete.

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said,The ACT Government is building the infrastructure our growing city needs.

“Our investment in projects like this supports our growing population, improves safety and the efficient movement of people and freight.

“The Lanyon Drive flyover is part of a program of works to improve safety on the Monaro Highway by removing dangerous at-grade intersections and separating traffic turning across the highway, in and out of the Hume industrial precinct and NSW.”

Previous works on the Monaro Highway Upgrade have been completed as part of a program of works jointly funded between the Australian and ACT governments.

This includes completed safety improvements and new overtaking lanes on the rural section of the Monaro Highway between Old Cooma Road and Williamsdale Road in the ACT.

Extensive utility works, which started in January 2022, have also been completed near Lanyon Drive in preparation for the flyover, including the relocation and protection of major watermains and telecommunication networks.

The relocation of two gas mains is expected to be completed in the coming months, which are necessary before main construction works get underway on the new Lanyon interchange.

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