Australia’s Canberra Airport has addressed traffic issues in and around the airport by opening two new access roads that will boost travel times for around 30,000 drivers every weekday.

Canberra Airport contributed A$8.0m of the A$15.5m cost of the upgrade, which included two extra lanes on Pialligo Avenue between Beltana Road and Brindabella Circuit.

Canberra Airport managing director, Stephen Byron said that the major reduction in travel time for local drivers is greatly welcomed.

“The completion of this project marks a key milestone in the development of a true freeway system linking the Airport, the parliamentary triangle and Canberra CBD,” Byron said.

NRMA director, Alan Evans said that this showed that Canberra Airport was prepared to play a role in addressing the traffic issues around the airport.

“In the future Canberra will become a more and more important hub for both passengers and freight and this project demonstrates the sort of long-term planning needed in both land use and infrastructure,” Evans said.

The Canberra Airport works were completed two months ahead of schedule by local company Woden Contractors. The remaining roadworks currently being undertaken by the ACT Government are expected to be completed in the second half of 2009.