Tuggeranong Parkway

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Tuggeranong Parkway
Australian Capital Territory
Tuggeranong Parkway.jpg
Aerial view of Tuggeranong Parkway
General information
Type Parkway
Length 11.3 km (7 mi)
Gazetted 13 April 1972[1]
Major junctions
NE end
 
SW end
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Road infrastructure in Canberra

The Tuggeranong Parkway is a major highway in Canberra, Australia. Often referred to as "The Parkway" by locals, the Tuggeranong Parkway links Civic to the southern Canberra metro district of Tuggeranong, and is a bypass road to the Woden Valley-Weston Creek district of Canberra. It also links to the Glenloch Interchange, where roads such as Caswell Drive connect to Belconnen.

Route description[edit]

The Tuggeranong Parkway starts at Glenloch Interchange, continuing southwest from the roadway that forms Caswell Drive. After a short distance the parkway encounters its first interchange, which crosses over a spur of Lady Denman Drive. This spur provides access to the National Arboretum. The next few kilometres of roadway continue past the National Arboretum and through pine plantations while veering southwards, before crossing over the Molonglo River just to the north of the next interchange with Cotter Road. Following this interchange the parkway begins to climb Oakey Hill, crossing over Heysen Street during the ascent. After peaking high on the hill, it then begins to descend toward the Hindmarsh Drive interchange. The parkway then continues a slow descent toward the its terminus at the Sulwood Drive intersection. The roadway itself continues southwards as Drakeford Drive.[2][3]

Southbound signage gantries on the Tuggeranong Parkway, just north of Lady Denman Drive interchange.

History, planning and structure[edit]

The Tuggeranong Parkway is 4 lanes wide, has a speed limit of 100 km/h and is divided variously by a concrete wall or large median strip planted with trees. Four speed cameras were installed on the road in July 2007 to enforce the 100 km/h speed limit. They are at the Cotter Road and Hindmarsh Drive interchanges, monitoring both directions of traffic.[4] The road was involved in the Canberra bushfires of 2003 in which the fires came up to the edge of the road.

In parts, space has been set aside for duplication of the road (to eight lanes) if future needs require it. An example can be seen in the dual road cuttings behind the suburb of Weston.

The Tuggeranong Parkway also connects to the Gungahlin Drive Extension, which connects to Belconnen and Gungahlin in the north. In the south, it runs onto Drakeford Drive as it enters Kambah. Original plans for the Parkway had it continuing down the route of Kambah Pool Road and crossing the Murrumbidgee River over Red Rocks Gorge, to connect suburbs on the west side of the River. Due to the environmental sensitivity of the Murrumbidgee River corridor, especially the Red Rocks Gorge, this plan was cancelled, along with the planned suburbs on the western side of the River.

Intersections and interchanges[edit]

District[2] Location[2] km[3] Mile Destinations[3][2] Notes[3]
Belconnen / Molonglo Valley / Canberra Central   0.0 0.0 Caswell Drive north / Parkes Way east / William Hovell Drive west - (all via Glenloch Interchange)  – City, Belconnen, Gungahlin Modified partial three-level turbine interchange, no eastbound to northbound ramp, no southbound to westbound ramp;
Parkway terminus: roadway continues north as Caswell Drive.
Molonglo Valley   1.2 0.7 Lady Denman Drive Diamond interchange
Molongo Valley / Weston Creek   4.1 2.5 Bridge over the Molonglo River
Weston Creek / Woden Valley Weston / Curtin 4.8 3.0 Cotter Road Diamond interchange
Weston Creek / Woden Valley Weston / Curtin / Lyons 6.3 3.9 Overpass over Heysen Street
Weston Creek / Woden Valley Weston / Lyons / Waramanga / Chifley 8.1 5.0 Hindmarsh Drive Diamond interchange
Tuggeranong Kambah 11.3 7.0 Sulwood Drive east-west / Drakeford Drive south Signal controlled crossroads;
Parkway terminus: roadway continues south as Drakeford Drive.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing