Construction begins on Monaro Highway upgrades

The Australian and ACT governments have today announced the construction of major upgrades is underway along the Monaro Highway, south of Canberra.

The upgrades to the Monaro Highway corridor are jointly funded by the Australian and ACT governments, with each committing $115.25 million towards the $230.5 million project.

Work on the new Lanyon Drive Interchange has begun which will deliver significant safety improvements as well as reduce congestion.

This consists of a southbound flyover for the highway over Lanyon Drive as well as three intersection upgrades including:

• The removal of traffic lights at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (intersection of the Monaro Highway and David Warren Road

• A new roundabout at the intersection of the new Monaro Highway southbound off-ramp and David Warren Road extension

• Upgrading the signalised intersection at Lanyon Drive and Sheppard Street to include a direct connection to David Warren Road and the Monaro Highway southbound off-ramp

Significant utility works began in January 2022 with works completed to relocate and protect major water mains and telecommunication networks.

Preliminary design is also underway on future interchanges at the Hume industrial precinct and Isabella Drive.

The relocation of two gas mains, underway since October 2023, is now also complete.

Early preparatory works, involving site clearing and earthworks, started last month with large machinery, including excavators and trucks.

There will be impacts to travel times during construction, including during peak periods, with reduced speed limits and temporary lane closures expected.

Construction is expected to take about three years to complete. The Lanyon Drive Interchange is the first of three interchanges planned for the Monaro Highway.

Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:

“The Australian Government understands the importance of investing in infrastructure that supports growing populations, reduces congestion and improves travel times.

“This project will provide a major economic stimulus to the Canberra region including an estimated 700 jobs being created during the detailed design and construction phases.

“Projects like this are important to not only keep people employed and local businesses running, but also to provide the Canberra community with better infrastructure and safer roads into the future.”

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