Ellerton Drive extension

The $86 million Ellerton Drive extension project started construction in November 2017. 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 progressing well and the new road is expected to be completed in mid-2020 weather permitting.

Artist's impression of the new bridge across the Queanbeyan River
Artist's impression of the new bridge across the Queanbeyan River

Updates and announcements

It has been eight months since construction of the Ellerton Drive extension started and the work is progressing well. Almost 25 per cent of the earthworks and 95 per cent of the ground clearing for the new road has been completed. Earthworks will continue in the coming months, storm water drains and wildlife crossings will also be built. For all the latest information on the project please view or download the July 2018 community update (PDF, 749Kb).

Environmentally friendly changes have been made to the design of the bridge over the Queanbeyan River to further minimise impacts on local platypuses during construction.

The new design will also deliver better outcomes for the local community during its construction and improve worker safety.

The changes to the design mean the bridge segments can be launched incrementally from one side of the river, reducing the impact on the waterway and the local platypus population. Permanent protection will be placed around the bridge piers to ensure that the platypus breed in a safe place within the Queanbeyan River when the construction of the bridge is complete.

The construction of the bridge has started, during the first few months work will involve preparation for piling and bridge staging construction.

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 or call 1800 116 337.

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 per cent 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 storm water drainage systems
  • Three fauna under-passes and three rope crossings
  • Edwin Land Parkway intersection upgrade.


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