The Tuggeranong Community Council was consulted in mid–December about road works planned for Tharwa Drive in early January. The consultations took place after the Council’s general meetings had concluded for the year.
Representatives from the ACT Emergency Services Department (ESD) met with the TCC President. They advised that closure of Tharwa Drive for 7 -10 days was their preferred option.The TCC President sought assurances from ESD that all options had been explored other than full closure of Tharwa Drive. He was advised that tunnelling under the road to lay a new pipe which had been the initial plan was ruled out after test drilling revealed uneven fill material used during earlier duplication works. This made it too risky to attempt to tunnel through. He was further advised January was the best time to undertake the work as ESD and ACT Roads believed it would be a quiet time.
The ESD undertook to advise the community of the planned closure. This was done via a letter box drop and electronic sign boards on the major routes. The final advice to the public was that closure would be from 5 – 26 January. This is significantly longer than 7 – 10 days but allows for more wet weather contingency.
The TCC regrets any inconvenience caused by the road works which are a necessary part of construction for the new Emergency Services Centre. The experience after the project started has been major delays (one to one and a half hours) for traffic leaving Lanyon during the morning peak and returning in the evening peak. The volume of traffic at this time of the year has been well in excess of what was anticipated. The ESD and related agencies are monitoring the situation and putting mitigating measures in place to reduce delays.