MICK Gentleman says that Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Ellerston Avenue will be duplicated with $24.6 million to be invested in the next three years as part of the 2015-16 ACT Budget.
“This Budget is good news for Tuggeranong,” Mick said.
“It will see the ACT Government deliver an upgrade to almost the full length of Ashley Drive into a dual carriageway, meeting the increasing traffic demands in this area, particularly by commuters in peak periods.
“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.
A six week community consultation was held late last year 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.
“Today’s announcement of nearly $25 million follows an extensive community consultation on the preliminary designs for the duplication of Ashley Drive in late-2014, and now we will get on with delivering it for the Tuggeranong community,” Mick said.
A number of other improvements will be investigated to complement the duplication and include:
- Improvements to address the queuing from the Isabella Drive roundabout in the morning peak;
- Investigation of use of ramp metering traffic signals;
- New traffic signals where Ashley Drive intersects with Bugden Avenue, Statton Street and Clift Crescent to improve the efficiency and safety of these intersections.
Ashley Drive, from Ellerston Avenue to Johnson Drive, is not currently at capacity and the duplication of this section of road can be completed as future funding becomes available.
“Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive is currently a single carriageway and carries over 20,000 vehicles a day.
As it acts as a major thoroughfare for traffic travelling from Tuggeranong suburbs such as Calwell and Gordon to Woden and the City, so I am really pleased with the work being done by Roads ACT to help ease this pressure,” Minister Gentleman concluded.