ACT Monaro contract for Woden

The detailed design and construction contract has been awarded for the first major works on the Monaro Highway Upgrade project for the Lanyon Drive interchange in the ACT.

Local company Woden Contractors, has been awarded the contract on the interchange, located south-west of Queanbeyan, ahead of main works next year. The civil construction company has been in business for 65 years and is owned by the current and past managing directors, Ben Helmers and Peter Middleton. They took it over in 2019 from Ken and Hazel Fryer who established it in 1958.

The D&C works include a new southbound flyover on the Monaro Highway over Lanyon Drive (including three-metre wide sealed shoulders); upgrading of the highway road pavement from David Warren Road through to Sheppard Street (including three metre wide sealed shoulders); and a new widened bridge on the northbound carriageway over Dog Trap Creek just north of Lanyon Drive.

A detailed design will now be finalised with major construction works expected to start in 2024 and construction is expected to take around three years to complete.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King said the project will include around 700 jobs during the detailed design and construction phases.

Another major package of works for the interchange is planned for 2024, subject to environmental and other approvals. This will include an extension of David Warren Road to Lanyon Drive, with a new roundabout and signalised intersection connecting with a new Monaro Highway off-ramp and Sheppard Street.

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