New overpass ends traffic bottleneck


New overpass in the heart of Canberra has eliminated one of worst traffic bottlenecks in the city

The opening of a new overpass in the heart of Canberra has eliminated one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the city and improved travel times between Parliament House and the airport.

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean today officially opened the Kings Avenue overpass, which replaced the Russell roundabout at the intersection of Parkes Way, Morshead Drive and Kings Avenue.

Crean says the $30 million overpass represented a major investment in infrastructure.

"It is the most significant piece of urban and traffic infrastructure to be constructed in Canberra's National Triangle since Parliament House was completed 23 years ago," Crean says.

"The overpass has untangled a bad traffic jam and improved travel times between the city, Parliament House and Canberra Airport - it's a win-win for all road users."

National Capital Authority Chairman Professor Don Aitkin says the upgrade addresses a traffic black spot by improving safety for motorists and pedestrians.




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