Safety upgrades to the Monaro Highway near Canberra’s southern border are a step closer with the construction tender recently released to deliver the improvements.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said upgrades would include an overtaking lane to help reduce collisions and decrease travel times.

“Works will include a new left-turn slip lane for southbound traffic at the Old Cooma Road and Monaro Highway intersection,” Mr McCormack said.

ACT Senator Zed Seselja said safety barriers would be placed in sections along the left-hand side of the road in both directions.

“A northbound overtaking lane will be built between Williamsdale Road and Royalla Drive and a larger median strip will be provided between the north and southbound lanes,” Senator Seselja said.

“This forms part of our $100 million commitment for upgrades along the Monaro Highway to get Canberrans home sooner and safer.”

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said the upgrades would keep Canberrans connected.

 “The ACT Government has committed to vital safety improvements on the Monaro Highway and we’re taking the next steps to get these improvements constructed to support our growing city,” Mr Steel said.

“These upgrades will make the Monaro Highway safer and improve travel times.

“As well as an important freight route, the Monaro Highway also serves as a popular gateway to the NSW ski fields and far south coast.”

The safety improvements will be completed by mid-2020 – before the winter ski season, weather permitting.  

The projects will be funded under the $200 million Monaro Highway Upgrade Package, which is jointly funded by the Australian and ACT governments on a 50:50 basis.