Ellerton Drive extension

The Australian and NSW Governments have each committed $25 million towards the project.

Project background

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

In June 2014, the NSW and Federal Government announced a joint funding contribution towards the project. Roads and Maritime Services is assisting Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council with project management, procurement and governance.

The extension will connect east Queanbeyan, where the existing Ellerton Drive ends, with Karabar at the new Edwin Land Parkway intersection with Old Cooma Road.

The 3.9km extension will provide an alternative route around the central business district and connect 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.

A Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Determination Panel endorsed the project on 30 June 2016.

Benefits

  • Motorists will be able to avoid up to 19 intersections and two 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
  • Built to withstand a one in 100 year floor 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
  • Stormwater drainage system
  • Three fauna under-passes and three rope crossings
  • Edwin Land Parkway Intersection upgrade.
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