Plans unveiled for joining Constitution Avenue and Vernon Circle

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ZED Seselja says new arrangements around Constitution Avenue and Vernon Circle were outlined today with the release of a map detailing the changes that will be in place in 2016.

“The Constitution Avenue upgrade would improve traffic flow and deliver a vibrant public open space and a sustainable, integrated transport network through the Canberra city,” Zed said.

“The Australian Government will provide $42 million for the upgrade of Constitution Avenue and an additional $2.8 million will be provided by the ACT Government.

“The Constitution Avenue upgrade will deliver significant infrastructure improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

“Traffic lights to be installed at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Vernon Circle for instance will be synchronised with the lights at the Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit intersection to better control and balance traffic flows and improve the impact on the broader network.

Mick Gentleman said the extension of Constitution Avenue to Vernon Circle would improve access into the city and to available parking.

“Motorists travelling from the eastern side of the city will have direct access to Vernon Circle and then to both the north and south of Canberra, via Northbourne Avenue and Commonwealth Bridge respectively,” Mick said.

“Access from the Legislative Assembly and Canberra Theatre car parks to Vernon Circle will also be improved.

“A one way connection between Parkes Way and Allara Street will also be provided immediately east of the existing footbridge. This connection has been designed to be slow speed with a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit.

“A raised crossing on Allara Street will provide a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists to access the existing bridge. This connection will facilitate right turns on Constitution Avenue.

“It will significantly benefit overall traffic performance by providing improved access to the Air Services and National Convention Centre properties.

“The focus of the current Constitution Avenue construction works is to complete the southern carriageway and verge improvements. This stage of work is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2015 (weather permitting).

“Construction efforts will then transfer to the northern carriageway in early January. At that time traffic will move onto the new southern carriageway in a temporary two way arrangement.”

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