ACT Labor to invest $19.6 million to further upgrade and duplicate Ashley Drive

ACT Labor is building a better community, one which has a strong local economy and more jobs than anywhere else in Australia.  We enjoy a high standard of living and we are investing in the future transport needs of Canberra.

ACT Labor has worked hard to improve the safety of all road users and reduce our rates of accident and injury on the road, by building better roads and through investing in more police.

But there is more to do.

That’s why if re-elected, ACT Labor will invest $19.6 million to fund stage 2 of the upgrade and duplication of Ashley Drive between Erindale Drive and Johnson Drive.

This follows the $7 million investment the ACT Labor Government made for stage 1 from Sternberg Crescent to Erindale Drive.

Ashley Drive, which provides an important link between Johnson Drive (in Richardson) and Sternberg Crescent (Wanniassa), has experienced significant growth in traffic volumes, and a major study undertaken by Territory and Municipal Services recommended a two staged approach to the upgrade works.

Stage 1 will address traffic congestion currently experienced at key intersections during peak periods, includes road and associated intersection improvements on Ashley Drive, with improvements to intersections at Bugden Avenue and McBryde Crescent, and dual carriageway extensions on Sternberg Crescent.

Stage 2 of the upgrade will see the duplication of Ashley Drive between Erindale Drive and Johnson Drive, providing a four-lane divided carriageway on this important road.  This will include bridge structures at three locations as well as upgrading lighting.

The works will also see major intersections on Ashley Drive signalised.  These are at Clive Steele Avenue, Clift Crescent, Ellerston Avenue and Johnson Drive.  The works package will also see further off-road shared paths adjacent to Ashley Drive and Isabella Drive.

The benefits to the community from the Ashley Drive program will be improved road safety and traffic flows and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ashley Drive is serviced by a number of buses and this work will see these services improve as part of the Transport for Canberra plan.

 

Policy costings

The projected design and construction cost for the stage two works, based on an earlier detailed feasibility study, is $19.6 million over the years 2013-14 to 2015/16.

ACT Labor’s plan to upgrade and duplicate Ashley Drive

 

2013-14 (design)

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

TOTAL

Capital

$1.5 m

$9.2 m

$8.9 m

-

$19.6 m

Recurrent*

-

-

-

-

-

Total

$1.5 m

$9.2 m

$8.9 m

-

$19.6 m

* Note maintenance costs of 2% per year ($360,000) are to be budgeted from 2017-18.  Maintenance is provided at 2% per annum, one year after the works have been constructed (this covers the 12 month warranty or defects period).