The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $50 million to fund upgrades to the Australian Capital Territory’s Kings Highway corridor and the duplication of William Slim Drive.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the upgrades will improve safety, bolster freight efficiency, reduce travel times and ease congestion for northern and eastern Canberra.

“The upcoming Budget will deliver $30 million for the Kings Highway corridor from where it starts near Queanbeyan, as well as $20 million for the upgrade of William Slim Drive, including to intersections on William Slim Drive from Ginninderra Drive to the Barton Highway,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Kings Highway is a key corridor for Canberrans travelling to the coast and in parts, it experiences considerable congestion especially during holiday periods, making it very unreliable and dangerous.

“The Government’s $30 million investment will deliver targeted upgrades along the corridor to improve east-west connectivity between New South Wales and the ACT, making it more productive for freight movements and safer for families travelling during the holiday season.”

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said William Slim Drive was also heavily congested around peak periods, with around 20,000 daily vehicle movements.

“Our investment will upgrade William Slim Drive to a dual carriageway between Ginninderra Drive and the Barton Highway to support housing development in the area, bust congestion and improve safety,” Mr Tudge said.

Senator for ACT Zed Seselja said the commitment delivers on a strong record of infrastructure investments for the ACT, including the $200 million investment for the Monaro and Barton Highway’s in last year’s Budget.

“The William Slim Drive works will include intersection upgrades at Dumas Street, Owen Dixon Drive and Chuculba Crescent, continuing the good news for Canberrans and keeping Canberrans moving,” Senator Seselja said.

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