Ellerton Drive extension

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

Updates and announcements

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and NSW Roads and Maritime Services are continuing to plan for the construction of the Ellerton Drive Extension.

Following approval of the project in June 2016, Council and Roads and Maritime have been working on finalising the design and developing tender documentation for the construction of road.

A tender for the initial stages of construction has been advertised and the work is expected to start before Christmas 2016.

Further work is required to finalise the tender documentation for the main construction phase of the project, with Council hopeful it will be advertised in early 2017. This would allow construction to start around mid-2017.

Project background

The Ellerton Drive extension is a proposed 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 is assisting Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council with project management, procurement and governance.

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

The 4.6km extension would 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 proposed Ellerton Drive Extension would minimise the impact of this expected population growth on traffic congestion. Without the proposed 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.

Project benefits

  • Motorists would 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 would be 80km/h, avoiding the 50km/h sections of Queanbeyan central business district as well as school zones
  • Reduce congestion in Queanbeyan.

Key features

  • Off road shared path for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Built to withstand a minimum of a 1 in 100 year flood event
  • Slow vehicles lanes in each direction.
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