Monday, 29 August 2016 13:16
Completion of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue revitalisation project has arrived, with the now tree-lined transport corridor officially re-opening to the public today.
Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash joined Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris to announce the completion of works that began as part of the city’s centenary celebrations.
“The legacy of Canberra’s centenary will continue to grow in this new urban space, which not only delivers a revitalised road with safer pedestrian access, but also provides the base for residential and commercial development in the future,” Minister Nash said.
“Constitution Avenue is now a stunning streetscape with 261 new trees planted including oaks, pines and myrtles, really capturing Canberra’s unique urban-bush character.”
Senator Seselja said the Constitution Avenue upgrade had delivered a better space for all road users.
“The upgrade features a dedicated bus lane in each direction from Allara Street to Anzac Parade, a separated two-way cycle path in the southern verge, on-street parking and upgraded lighting,” Senator Seselja said.
Mr Barr said the upgrade delivered on the long-term vision for Constitution Avenue as more than a strategic road corridor by creating an appealing urban space for travelling, living, working and socialising.
“The upgrade of Constitution Avenue will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support this visionary design, which is a key element of the Walter Burley Griffin plan,” Mr Barr said.
“As we increase urban density, so too must we develop new, and enhance existing, community services and facilities including public transport and urban open space.”
Minister Fitzharris said Constitution Avenue would now extend all the way through to Commonwealth Avenue thanks to an ACT Government commitment of $2.8 million, in conjunction with the Australian Government’s centenary gift of $42 million.
“With this new connection for southbound traffic travelling out of the city, we hope to ease the burden on London Circuit, making the areas around the Civic Library more pedestrian friendly,” Minister Fitzharris said.
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