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Queanbeyan City Council has adopted the preferred alignment for the Dunns Creek Rd which would link Old Cooma Rd with the Monaro Highway.
The 7.6km route would see Dunns Creek Rd commence at the Googong Rd intersection and continue through the South Tralee development before linking with the Monaro Highway.
“The Dunns Creek Rd link has always been regarded as an important part of Queanbeyan’s future traffic network requirements and the adoption of the route is a pleasing step forward,” Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.
“It must be noted that the construction of Dunns Creek Rd is not urgently required, with the 2014 review of the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (2031) showing that it would not be required from a traffic capacity point of view until at least 2041.
“As we know with road development, many years of planning is required and the adoption of the route will allow Council to continue the planning to ensure the road is ready to be constructed when it is required.”
At its meeting on Wednesday night, Council also received the results of a traffic preference survey undertaken with residents living in the southern areas of the Queanbeyan Local Government Area and into the Palerang Local Government Area.
Of the 306 completed surveys (39% return rate) 51% stated a preference for Dunns Creek Rd while 40% preferred the Ellerton Drive Extension.
“The findings of the traffic preference survey are not surprising and support the behavioural assumptions made by Council’s traffic study,” Cr Overall said.
“The survey also found that the Monaro Highway and Cooma St (north of Southbar Rd) are the most frequently used thoroughfares during peak periods and other periods of the day.”
The traffic preference survey will be made available on Council’s website.