LOCAL real estate principal Ian McNamee has called for the Ellerton Drive Extension (EDE) to be built urgently in the wake of a fatal accident on Monaro St last Friday, where an elderly woman was killed after being struck by a cement truck.
"When that accident occurred and there was all that traffic backed up- if Ellerton Drive had of been in it would have been able to keep traffic out of the main street. It showed how bad the congestion is," Mr McNamee said.
Heavy vehicles currently make up six per cent of traffic along the main street, and a Council engineering spokesperson said that number would grow without the Ellerton Drive.
"We need to understand that if EDE was built today, we would see an immediate reduction of all vehicles using Monaro St, including heavy vehicles," the spokesperson said.
However Council also conceded that the number of trucks along Monaro St is likely to rise even with the EDE in place as a result of increased development and population growth around Queanbeyan. Council is investigating a range of traffic management options to better manage heavy vehicles when the EDE comes online.
"The number of heavy vehicles using Monaro St will also increase over time, but the percentage of heavy vehicles would probably reduce or be about the same," the spokesperson said.
"The important thing is the EDE creates a second option for traffic movements to move away from the main street which allows a couple of things also to be done to "encourage" heavy vehicles to use the EDE instead of Monaro St, like imposing a weight limit and requiring Holcim trucks to use the EDE.
"We could also, for example, give traffic priority to north-south traffic and not east-west which would force truck and car drivers to reconsider their routes and use the EDE.
"Also over time we will see the duplication of Pialligo Road and the Majura Parkway to the Federal Highway which will change the way cars and trucks travel around the outskirts of Queanbeyan."
Meanwhile, Mr McNamee said he was remained a "passionate" supporter of the EDE despite lending his support to election ads for Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly, who has advocated strongly for Dunns Creek Road.
"I've always been passionate about Ellerton Drive being built," Mr McNamee said.
"I've been involved in getting land acquired for the Ellerton Drive since the 1980s."