Mick’s vision for Constitution Avenue

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MICK Gentleman says construction work on Constitution Avenue will deliver the framework for the visionary design of the corridor.

“The long-term vision for Constitution Avenue was always more than a strategic road corridor, with the objective to create an appealing urban space for moving through, working in and socialising.

“The upgrade of Constitution Avenue, between Vernon Circle and Anzac Parade, will provide major public transport, active transport and landscape improvements for the community.

“A dedicated bus lane in each direction between London Circuit and Anzac Parade and bus priority at some signalised intersections will improve traffic flow and frequency of buses.

“A separated three metre wide shared path on the southern side of Constitution Avenue, with improved pedestrian and cycling crossing points at signalised traffic intersections will help enhance the integration of pedestrians, cyclists and other active travellers into the urban precinct.

“Enhanced lighting, street furniture and a tree-lined central median will also help develop the avenue into a space for people to meet as well as encourage increased residential and commercial development along the avenue.

“Landscaping and shared path connections between Constitution Avenue and Vernon Circle are also being undertaken as part of the upgrade. These works will allow for the future completion of the link.

“This is an exciting redevelopment and the upgrade of Constitution Avenue will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the visionary design for the avenue.

“Constitution Avenue is a key element of the Walter Burley Griffin Master Plan and, as the third leg of the Parliamentary Triangle, the road is significant in the implementation of the Griffin Legacy.

“In celebration of the Centenary of Canberra, the Australian Government gifted $42 million to the ACT Government for the upgrade of Constitution Avenue.

“The upcoming construction work will deliver the framework for this visionary design which will be realised over future years as residential and commercial development along the corridor progresses,” Minister Gentleman concluded.

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  1. It’ll take a while but it’ll look good I think. And the dedicated bus lanes and bus priority will be great

    What I am more worried about is, after it’s all done, coming back with the bulldozers again, ripping up the freshly planted trees and new bus lanes and building light rail tracks in their place, which is the current govt plant. Talk about waste and unnecessary disruption – with foresight this all could have been done in one go!

    The other problem with the ACT govt’s plans is that putting in light rail will remove the bus lanes, as that’s where the tracks will be laid. So where will the buses go? Will they be stuck with regular Constitution Ave traffic again? Or will there be no buses, like there will be no more buses on Northbourne if light rail comes in? In which case how do people go from Belco or Civic to Kingston or Barton etc? Catch a bus from Belco to Civic. Change for light rail to Russell. Change for another bus to Barton or Civic. Ridiculous.

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