Ellerton Drive extension

The $86 million Ellerton Drive extension project has officially started construction. The Australian and NSW governments have each committed $25 million towards the project while Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has committed $36 million.

The 4.6km road provides an alternative route around the Queanbeyan CBD to the new southern population growth areas.

Construction is underway and the new road is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

Updates and announcements

Major construction work started in November 2017, earthworks and clearing work for the road will continue for a number of months. Construction fencing has been established along the route and signage has been put in place to clearly identify the construction areas. View our latest progress update (PDF, 248Kb) to find out more about how the project is progressing and upcoming works.

WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd has been appointed to build the Ellerton Drive extension. For enquiries about the construction work please email ellertondrive@wbho.com.au.

Major earthworks have started in the Fairlane Estate area between the Queanbeyan River and Old Coooma Road. There will be heavy machinery operating through this section of the project. Our community letter (PDF, 99Kb) details the steps we are taking to reduce the impact of this work on local residents.

Standard working hours for the project are between 7am and 6pm Mondays to Fridays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. There will be no work on public holidays.

Project background

The Ellerton Drive extension is a local road project in the Queanbeyan-Palerang local government area.

In June 2014, the Australian and NSW governments announced a joint funding contribution towards the project. Roads and Maritime Services is assisting Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council during the construction phase by managing the construction contract.

The project will extend Ellerton Drive to connect Queanbeyan East with Karabar at the Edwin Land Parkway intersection with Old Cooma Road. The project also involves an upgrade of the existing Ellerton Drive.

The 4.6km project will provide an alternative route around the central business district connecting east and west Queanbeyan to the new southern population growth areas. Queanbeyan’s population is expected to grow to 56,000 by 2031 with Tralee and Googong developments underway. The Ellerton Drive extension will minimise the impact of this expected population growth on traffic congestion. Without the extension increased congestion is predicted along Cooma Street and across the Queens Bridge.


  • Motorists will be able to avoid up to 19 intersections and three sets of traffic lights
  • Up to a 38% travel time saving compared to the existing route
  • The road will be 80km/h, avoiding the 50km/h sections of Queanbeyan central business district as well as school zones
  • The works will create an extra bridge crossing of the Queanbeyan River, built to withstand a one in 100 year flood event
  • Minimise heavy vehicles travelling through the central business district
  • Reduced congestion in Queanbeyan.

Key features

  • One lane in each direction with climbing lanes
  • Bridge crossing over Queanbeyan River and Barracks Flat Drive
  • Shared off-road cyclist and pedestrian pathway
  • Space for on-road cyclists
  • Additional access points for Fairlane Estate
  • Emergency access for Greenleigh Estate at Lonergan Drive and the East Queanbeyan reservoir
  • Construction of stormwater drainage systems
  • Three fauna under-passes and three rope crossings
  • Edwin Land Parkway intersection upgrade.


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