The long-awaited construction of the new Bowen Place Crossing on the south side of Kings Avenue Bridge begins this Friday 14 March with the National Capital Authority advising road cyclists to avoid riding through the construction zone or to use the off-road path network.
Closures and changes will come into effect on Friday and remain in place until construction is complete, expected to be March 2015.
- Temporary speed cushions will be installed on the roadway just north (on the lakeside) of the current, temporary Bowen Drive pedestrian and cyclist crossing point to help enforce the construction speed zone of 40 km/h 24/7.
- The clover leaf off ramp connecting Kings Avenue to the westbound carriageway of Bowen Drive will be closed.
- A partial closure of the westbound carriageway of Bowen Drive will be in place.
- A two way traffic arrangement will be established in the eastbound carriageway of Bowen Drive.
- Westbound vehicles be directed to cross into the eastbound carriageway for a short distance.
- Southbound traffic on Kings Avenue seeking to exit into the Parliamentary Zone after crossing Lake Burley Griffin should continue and turn right at King George Terrace.
- Traffic in the area will be directed by detour signs.
The National Capital Authority advises there will be further changes to traffic arrangements in six months’ time. Notice of all works can be found on the NCA’s website.
Bowen Place is part of the popular pedestrian and cyclist route around Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin, as well as a busy commuter peak hour road. When complete, the Bowen Place Crossing will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists simultaneous safe passage through the area at all times.
The crossing design includes a 300 metre long path which passes under the existing road at Bowen Place, connecting Kings Avenue to the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore path network. Retaining walls and landscaping, have been designed to enhance the underpass experience for pedestrians and cyclists and integrate the new works into the existing landscape setting.
Path improvement works will also extend from Bowen Place along the lake foreshore to the north-east of the National Gallery of Australia sculpture garden as part of the project.
The final design approved by the ACT Legislative Assembly can be found here.
Pedal Power has long advocated for a solution to the dangerous crossing on Bowen Place. Its resolution brings us one step closer to developing a safe cycling route around the whole of Lake Burley Griffin. We continue to campaign for improvements to infrastructure in other areas (Kingston Foreshore and Grevillia Park) aiming for completion of the lake circuit before Canberra celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lake Burley Griffin later this year.