Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced Cotter Road has reopened to traffic following the first stage of upgrades.
The ACT Government invested $7.15 million toward stage one of the upgrade to help cater for the increased population in new residential areas of the Molonglo Valley as well as existing residents of the inner south.
"Cotter Road is a major thoroughfare for people travelling from inner south suburbs such as Weston Creek and Curtin through to the city and its traffic volume is expected to grow as the population increases in new suburbs in the West, such as in the Molonglo Valley," said Mr Rattenbury.
"The upgraded road coincides with a proposal for the first ACTION bus route to service Molonglo suburbs. 'Network 14', which is currently open for consultation, proposes a bus service to link Molonglo residents to Weston Creek, Woden, and the City.
"The Cotter Road upgrade will enhance public transport travel times by providing bus priority measures so that buses can bypass traffic. It also provides quality on-road cycling lanes to complement the off-road bike paths in the area.
"The stage one Cotter Road upgrade work included:
"These upgrades aim to manage the high volumes of traffic travelling along Cotter Road and specifically improve the efficiency at the intersections with Lady Denman Drive and McCulloch Street."
Mr Rattenbury said some work will continue on site over the next few weeks to complete landscaping.
"Landscaping works such as grassing will take place outside the peak periods and may require short term temporary lane closures."
Design of the Cotter Road stage 2 upgrade works is currently being completed. This stage includes the duplication of Cotter Road from the Tuggeranong Parkway connecting to the now duplicated section. Construction of these works is subject to funding in future ACT Government budget processes.