Parkes Way

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Parkes Way

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Parkes Way heading towards Black Mountain
General information
Opened29 November 1961.[1]
Gazetted21 July 1960[3]
Maintained byTerritory and Municipal Services
HistoryFurther stages of Parkes Way were built progressively and completed on the following dates:
  • 2nd stage – 5 April 1963.[2]
  • Final Stage – 17 October 1979
Major junctions
East end
West end
Highway system

Parkes Way is a major road in Canberra, Australia, which runs east-west between Kings Avenue and the Glenloch Interchange. At Glenloch Interchange it intersects with William Hovell Drive, Tuggeranong Parkway and Caswell Drive (Gungahlin Drive Extension). The road is freeway standard from the Commonwealth Avenue overpass to Glenloch Interchange. Parkes Way is named for prominent Australian federalist, Sir Henry Parkes.[3]

It passes by the edge of Black Mountain and under part of the Australian National University. It also passes just south of the City and north of Commonwealth Park and Kings Park on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Parkes Way was created with an 80 km/h speed limit which remained in place until 2008 when it was changed to 90 km/h.


Draft plans of the "City to Lake" Plan by the ACT government would see Parkes Way be split into 2 levels from the Edinburgh Avenue exit to the Anzac Parade exit.[4] The top level would be a boulevard with street level access to new buildings in the area and intersections to other roads. The bottom level would be a freeway standard tunnel.

Interchanges and intersections[edit]

Canberra CentralBartonRussellParkes tripoint00.0Kings Avenue / Morshead Drive – Russell, ParkesEastern terminus at interchange
Parkes1.20.75Anzac Parade – Australian War Memorial, Reid, CampbellRoundabout
Parkes–City boundary1.91.2Coranderrk StreetCivic, ReidRoundabout, with bypass lanes westbound
Parkes–City–Acton tripoint2.51.6 Commonwealth Avenue (A23) – ParkesHalf-cloverleaf interchange, no access to Commonwealth Avenue northbound or from Commonwealth Avenue southbound
Acton–City boundary31.9Edinburgh Avenue north / Lawson Crescent south – Civic, Australian National UniversityInterchange
Acton4.42.7Clunies Ross Street north / Lady Denman Drive southWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Canberra Central – Molonglo Valley – Belconnen tripoint6.64.1Tuggeranong Parkway south / William Hovell Drive west / Caswell Drive north – Woden, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, GungahlinWestern terminus at Glenloch Interchange

See also[edit]

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal


  1. ^ "FIRST WAY SECTION OPEN TO-DAY". The Canberra Times. 29 November 1961. p. 4. Retrieved 31 May 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "NEW PARKES WAY SECTION OPEN". The Canberra Times. 4 April 1963. p. 7. Retrieved 1 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b "Search for street and suburb names". ACT Planning and Land Authority. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  4. ^ City to the Lake – ACT Government

Route map:

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