A recently completed link through southern New South Wales is expected to improve heavy vehicle traffic flow for Queanbeyan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the 4.6-kilometre extension of Ellerton Drive to connect Queanbeyan East with Karabar, Jerrabomberra and Googong included a new bridge crossing of the Queanbeyan River.
“This provides an alternative route around the Queanbeyan CBD and links traffic to the growing southern suburbs,” said McCormack.
“This $86 million project started construction in November 2017 and will be opened to traffic on schedule in the next few days. This is a great win for the communities of Queanbeyan and Karabar, providing a new, safer and smoother connection while laying the foundations for the region’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, said the new bridge had a number of innovative design features to safeguard the local community well into the future.
“This is the kind of project that provides real and immediate benefits to a growing community,” said Barilaro.
“The bridge, which provides an additional crossing over the Queanbeyan River, is able to withstand a one-in-100-year flood event, meaning that our community will have the infrastructure it needs moving forward," he said.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the project had supported about 100 direct jobs and about 300 indirect jobs in a major boost for the local economy.
“We are building the vital infrastructure projects that not only connect communities and ensure people get home sooner and safer, but projects that create jobs and help keep money in local communities,” said Toole.
“These are projects that make a real difference to people’s everyday lives in regional communities," he said.
Senator for New South Wales, Perin Davey, said the project showed the commitment of all tiers of government to growing the region.
“The Australian and NSW governments have each committed $25 million towards the project, while Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has committed $36 million,” said Davey.
Crews will complete minor work including landscaping and maintenance over coming weeks.