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.
SEP 2019Work continues
Significant progress has been made on the Ellerton Drive extension, with five bridge segments now launched across the Queanbeyan River, work underway to build the road pavement layers and bulk earthworks now complete.More information
Major concrete pours for the bridge segments are being carried out on one weekday each month. The bridge segments are expected to be completed in early 2020.
Work is continuing to upgrade the existing section of Ellerton Drive, between Mowatt Street/ Old Sydney Road roundabout and the project site gates. This work is now being carried out until late September, weather permitting. For the safety of workers and motorists this section of Ellerton Drive will be closed to all traffic. For more information including work hours and detour routes please view the August 2019 notification (PDF, 248Kb).
Work over the coming months includes continuing construction of noise walls, landscaping, building road pavement layers and bridge construction.
WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd has been appointed to build the Ellerton Drive extension. For enquiries about the construction work please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
December 2018 frequently asked questions
Ellerton Drive extension.