Canberra’s major arterial roads will be less congested and safer following the successful completion of the $288 million Majura Parkway project.
The project will reduce traffic congestion for Canberra motorists by linking the Federal and Monaro highways and diverting trucks and other traffic moving through Canberra away from the city centre.
Then Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese and then ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher committed to joint funding of $144m each for the project which is the ACT’s largest ever road infrastructure project and has been delivered early.
The Parkway will carry at least 40,000 vehicles a day, including 6000 trucks, by 2030 and will be the driver for close to $1 billion worth of economic, social and environmental benefits to the Territory.
“This project has not only delivered a brand new road which will make getting around the city easier and safer but it has provided an important injection into the local economy at a time when it needed a boost. This project has supported Canberra construction jobs and provided an attractive home for major retail stores like Ikea which has now opened to the public at the Majura Park precinct,” Katy Gallagher said.
“I am proud to have played a role in getting this project started when I was the chief minister and I am pleased to see that the project is now complete.”
“The Majura Parkway was my number one infrastructure priority in my first term as member for Fraser, and I was immensely proud to see Federal Labor and ACT Labor Governments partner to make it happen. The Majura Parkway will cut travel times for people driving from the Federal Highway to the Monaro Highway, make it easier for trucks to bypass central Canberra, and take pressure off local roads on the northside,” Andrew Leigh said.
“The Majura Parkway will be a gateway directly into Canberra’s south. Its completion brings to life a long held vision for a better-connected, safer Canberra. It will make it easier for Canberrans to get around our city and will take trucks off our suburban streets,” Gai Brodtmann said.
The Majura Parkway would not have happened without the vision and commitment of two Labor Governments working together at the federal and territory level.”
Labor believes in investing in the infrastructure that makes our city more liveable, safer and productive.
Senator Katy Gallagher is Labor's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations.