Construction of the long awaited Majura Parkway will start next year and be completed in 2016.
Since I became Chief Minister, the project has secured the backing of the Gillard Labor Government and will receive $144 million in Federal funding, matching the ACT Government’s contribution dollar-for-dollar.
Some 2,800 commercial vehicles and 18,000 passenger vehicles currently use Majura Parkway and this figure is expected to double in the next 15 years. The 11.5 kilometre long duplicated road means increased accessibility for motorists from Canberra’s north. It will also play a key role in distributing freight in a safer way, making it easier for Canberrans to get around their city and taking trucks off suburban streets.
The new road is an investment in Canberra’s future, with Infrastructure Australia putting its long term economic, social and environmental benefits at close to $1 billion.
Funding for the Majura Parkway builds on the record capital works program we initiated in our very first budget back in 2008, and is the successful culmination of a persistent and passionate community campaign led by my local colleagues, including Gai Brodtmann, Andrew Leigh, Mike Kelly and Senator Kate Lundy.