Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Queanbeyan Bypass - Ellerton Drive Extension

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2017 - Mid 2020
Estimated Project Cost:$86,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$25,000,000

Project Description

The Queanbeyan Bypass project was for the construction of 4.6km of two-lane single carriageway, with climbing lanes and earthworks, linking Ellerton Drive to the Edwin Land Parkway at the intersection at Old Cooma Road. The project also included a new bridge crossing the Queanbeyan River.


The project has:

  • Provided an alternative route for through traffic, alleviating congestion in the Queanbeyan CBD;
  • Supported the future traffic growth associated with new housing developments in Googong and Tralee;
  • Provided a flood-free access through the CBD for 1:100 year flood events;
  • Provided alternative access for heavy vehicles; and
  • Reduced road safety risk and improved amenity within the CBD.


Australian Government contribution was capped at $25 million and was provided on the basis of a NSW Government contribution of $25 million. The remaining funding was met by the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.


Construction on the project commenced late 2017 and was completed and open to traffic in July 2020.

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Project details last updated: 22/03/2022