Monaro Highway duplication opens

Final link in the $18.5 million duplication of the Monaro Highway opens to traffic

September 11, 2012

The multi-million dollar project completing the duplication of the Monaro Highway in Canberra has opened to traffic to improve travel times and reduce congestion.

The Federal Government today officially opened the 1.5km $18.5 million upgrade between Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the duplication was achieved by retaining the existing road for northbound traffic and building a new carriageway for motorists heading south.

"This upgrade is good news for the tens of thousands of commuters and truck drivers who use this road every day to travel between the north and south of the ACT. The duplication means less congested roads and better travel times," Albanese says.

He says minor landscaping works to the project will be completed in the coming weeks.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the highway duplication will complement the Majura Parkway project, due to start in late 2012.

"When complete, the Majura Parkway will join the Federal Highway to the Monaro Highway, completing the eastern side of a dual carriageway ring road," she says.

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