Works underway on major ACT intersection

Major construction on the Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive intersection upgrade has commenced this month.Major construction on the Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/William Slim Drive intersection upgrade has commenced this month.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said in a statement that the project was funded by the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program.

“The $10 million upgrade includes the introduction of an additional lane on all four approaches to the roundabout to provide greater traffic capacity. Traffic signal control will be introduced at the intersection to improve the flow of traffic and increase safety by removing the decisions drivers need to make under the existing give way arrangements.

“The upgrade will cater to all modes of transport with on-road cycle lanes on all movements, excluding the Barton Highway southbound approach which will have a new shared path bridge adjacent to the existing bridge. Bus priority measures will also be implemented on the Gundaroo Drive and William Slim Drive approaches to the roundabout.”

ACT Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman also said in the statement that the intersection improvements will balance traffic flows on all approaches, particularly during peak periods, and ultimately reduce driver delays.

“The upgrade will provide particular relief for drivers travelling along Gundaroo Drive and onto the Barton Highway from Crace and the rest of Gungahlin during the morning peak period,” Mr. Gentleman said.

“Local company, Huon Contractors Pty Ltd, has recently been awarded the contract for the upgrade with construction expected to commence on site this week and be underway until November 2016.

“Speed restrictions and some lane closures will be required during construction. Gungahlin residents will be kept up-to-date throughout construction with electronic road signage, website information, social media posts and letterbox drops,” Mr. Gentleman concluded.

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