Aerial view of Ellerton Drive extension.

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.

Latest news

JAN 2020

JAN 2020Work continues

The Ellerton Drive extension has marked a major milestone with the last of nine bridge segments being launched across the Queanbeyan River.

Please view a time lapse video showing progress of the bridge construction.

Work over the coming months includes continuing construction of noise walls, landscaping, building road pavement layers and bridge construction.

The upgrade of the road surface on existing Ellerton Drive will be completed in January. A temporary road closure will be in place during work hours only for two weeks from Tuesday 14 January to Friday 24 January, weather permitting. Our work hours will be from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Detours will be in place. For more information please view the January 2020 notification (PDF, 66.1Kb).

For all the latest information on the project please view or download the September 2019 community update (PDF, 2.18Mb) or the Frequently asked questions (PDF, 167Kb).

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

08 JAN 2020

08 JAN 2020Safety during NSW bushfires

For the safety of workers and the community, work on the Ellerton Drive extension will start no earlier than Wednesday 8 January 2020 due to recent bushfire activity.

Safety is our priority and this decision was made due to poor air quality and smoke concerns, road closures and potential fire activity.

Motorists are advised to visit for the latest road updates and visit for updates on fire activity in your region.

Project information

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.
  • 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.

Project documents

Project notifications

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January 2020 project notification

Ellerton Drive, East Queanbeyan - road work and temporary day closures from Monday 13 January.

August 2019 project notification

Ellerton Drive, East Queanbeyan road work and temporary closure continuing until late September 2019.

April 2019 project notification

Ellerton Drive, East Queanbeyan – Notification of temporary road closure from Wednesday 8 May 2019.

April 2018 project notification

Ellerton Drive extension – increased construction activity.

March 2018 project notification

Ellerton Drive Extension – progress update.


Community updates

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September 2019 community update

Ellerton Drive extension.

December 2018 community update

Ellerton Drive extension.

July 2018 community update

Ellerton Drive extension.



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July 2015 community information survey report

Survey of Queanbeyan LGA residents regarding the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension.



Contact us

Further information about project contruction work

Phone: 1800 116 337


For further information about the project planning and development please visit Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council website

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