Construction to start on Wentworth Avenue citybound pavement rehabilitation

Works to upgrade the Wentworth Avenue citybound carriageway pavement between Dawes Street and Gosse Street will begin on Monday 18 January 2016, making it safer for motorists and cyclists. 

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said approximately 600 metres of the Wentworth Avenue citybound carriageway will receive a new surface, kerbs and guttering.

“This $3.3 million project is being fully funded under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery programme which provides funds for local road construction and street maintenance,” Senator Seselja said.

“Wentworth Avenue is one of the oldest roads in Canberra and is an important access road used by about 10,000 vehicles a day.

A bitumen coated polyester grid will be used in the resurfacing to help prevent cracks and gaps appearing on the surface of the road, which is often the case with overlaying roads over a concrete base.

Works starting today follow stage 1 of the project in 2013, which was funded by the ACT Government to upgrade the pavement of the citybound carriageway from Burke Crescent to Dawes Street.

Completion of the stage 2 works will mean almost the full length of this carriageway has been upgraded.

To facilitate the work road closures and traffic detours will be required including:

  • single lane operation of the Wentworth Avenue citybound carriageway from Dawes Street to Gosse Street, starting with the right hand lane and then transferring to the left hand lane once the upgrade on the right side is complete
  • Dawes Street, Eyre Street, Giles Street and Gosse Street closed to through traffic where they intersect with Wentworth Avenue
  • citybound vehicles unable to make a right hand turn into or out of Dawes Street, Eyre Street, Giles Street and Gosse Street when the right hand lane is closed and unable to make a left hand turn into or out of these streets when the left hand lane is closed.

“While every effort is made to minimise the inconvenience, traffic will be disrupted during the upgrade. We thank the public for their patience during this work, which is expected to be complete by the end of April 2016,” Senator Seselja said.