Majura Parkway to help accommodate freight growth

$288 million road project will improve the main national and regional freight route, ACT chief minister says

February 5, 2013

Road freight operators are tipped to be big winners out of the $288 million Majura Parkway project that kicked off today.

The road project will provide a continuous freeway link between the Federal Highway and the Monaro Highway once work is completed in mid 2016.

The project involves 11.5km of new dual carriageway highway, 11 bridges and three grade separated interchanges and dedicated on-road cycle lanes

"The completed Majura Parkway will play a significant role in improving the main national and regional freight route," Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says.

"Surrounded by New South Wales, the ACT depends on the national freight network to access the goods that keep the ACT’s economy strong. It is anticipated that the amount of freight that will be carried on our roads will double over the next 10 to 15 years. The Majura Parkway alone is forecast to carry around 40,000 vehicles a day, including up to 6,000 trucks, by 2030."

Gallagher says the territory will also benefit from additional capacity on its road network, helping to relieve traffic congestion.

The federal and ACT governments have each pledged $144 million to the project.

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