Road Photos & Information: Australian Capital Territory

Federal Highway, Majura Parkway and Monaro Highway (M23 / B23) (Construction Photos)


Route Numbering:

General Information:

M23 / B23 is a major north-south route within the ACT.

The M23 section acts as a bypass of the urban area of North Canberra and travels past Canberra International Airport.

The B23 section acts as a bypass of the urban area of South Canberra and travels past several industrial areas.

The route from Ginns Gap to Gilmore is divided motorway and arterial road standard, with at least 2 lanes in each direction and all junctions between Majura and Symonston grade separated. From Gilmore to Williamsdale, the route in undivided rural highway standard with occasional overtaking lanes.

Traffic types vary considerably along the route. Because of the proximity to the industrial areas of Fyshwick, Hume and to a lesser extent, Symonston, there is quite a lot of heavy vehicles using the route. Other traffic includes commuters travelling to and from Civic and South Canberra to Tuggeranong and during Winter, ski traffic making its way to and from the NSW snowfields, south of Cooma.

B23 crosses the Molonglo River at Pialligo, which feeds Lake Burley Griffin.

Multiplexes along the route include:


Federal Highway:

Majura Parkway:

Monaro Highway (Cooma Road):

This page concentrates on photos of various construction projects along the route.

Ginns Gap to Williamsdale   Williamsdale to Ginns Gap
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Construction Sign:
Sign indicating construction work for the Majura Pkwy and expected traffic delays. Sign was located on Horse Park Dr at Throsby approaching the Federal Hwy and Majura Rd interchange, April 2015.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign, Majura Parkway construction and contraflow at Fyshwick approaching Pialligo Av, April 2015. This ramp now feeds southbound traffic onto Monaro Hwy.

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      Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign and Majura Parkway construction at Fyshwick approaching Pialligo Av, April 2015. This ramp now feeds southbound traffic onto Monaro Hwy and northbound traffic from a works depot.

Image © Paul Rands

Overpass construction at Pialligo to take Majura Pkwy over Hopkins Dr, April 2015.

Image © Paul Rands

      Fairbairn Avenue:
Majura Pkwy (M23) as it passes over Fairbairn Av at Pialligo, April 2015.

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1 Canberra Times, Page 1, 28 September 1928
2 Canberra Times, Page 1, 5 April 1929 3 Canberra Times, Page 1, 19 June 1929
4 Canberra Times, Page 4, 13 February 1930
5 Canberra Times, Page 4, 19 May 1961
6 Canberra Times, Page 27, 22 September 1961
7 Canberra Times, Page 6, 16 February 1962
8 Canberra Times, Page 9, 4 December 1965
9 Canberra Times, Page 25, 18 May 1966
10 Canberra Times, Page 11, 2 May 1973
11 Ozroads (Sam Laybutt), National Highway 23 - Federal Highway
12 Canberra Times, Page 3, 3 November 1994
13 ACT Planning & Land Authority, Variation to the Territory Plan, No 67, August 1998
14 Territory and Municipal Services, Media Release MR739/1212, Majura Parkway Preliminary Works Underway, 14 January 2013
15 ACT Government, Media Releases, Construction on the Majura Parkway Begins, 5 February 2013
16 Canberra Times, New Sections of Majura Parkway open to traffic, 5 January 2016
17 City News, Part of the Majura Parkway now open, 14 May 2015
18 City News, Majura Parkway southbound to Fairbairn Avenue opens up, 21 May 2015
19 City News, Majura Parkway crosses the Molonglo, 10 November 2015
20 Territory and Municipal Services, Roads and Transport, Major Construction Projects, City, Inner North and Inner South, Majura Parkway
21 Canberra Times, Page 3, 21 October 1958
22 Canberra Times, Page 12, 21 February 1964
23 Canberra Times, Page 3, 25 August 1967
24 Canberra Times, Page 1, 23 February 1972
25 Canberra Times, Page 3, 23 December 1982
26 Canberra Times, Page 3, 16 February 1983
27 Canberra Times, Page 8, 7 June 1985
28 Canberra Times, Page 9, 6 February 1988
29 Canberra Times, Page 5, 22 November 1989
30 ACT Planning & Land Authority, Place Name Search, Monaro Highway
31 BMD Constructions, Monaro Highway Duplication

Last updated: 22-Jan-2017 18:37

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