22 March 2021

$2.7m contract awarded to fix Charnwood black spots

| Ian Bushnell
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Liberal MLA Elizabeth Kikkert at the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives. Photo: Supplied.

The long-awaited installation of traffic lights at two notorious intersections in Charnwood are about to become a reality after the awarding last week of a $2.7 million contract to do the work.

The subject of a long campaign by residents, motorists and Liberal MLA Elizabeth Kikkert, the intersections at Ginninderra and Tillyard Drives and Lhotsky Street and Tillyard Drive will have traffic lights and other works constructed to prevent the crashes and threats to pedestrians that have marked those roads.

The ACT Government said in a statement that Guidelines ACT Pty Ltd would begin construction in the next month.

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The works at the Ginninderra/Tillyard Drive intersection include:

• Traffic lights including signalised pedestrian crossing
• Additional eastbound (citybound) through lane
• Additional right turn lane from Ginninderra Drive onto Tillyard Drive
• New pedestrian crossing and give way signage at the slip lane from Tillyard Drive onto Ginninderra Drive
• Path connections from the existing shared path on the southern side of the intersection
• Footpath connection from this intersection to the intersection of Tillyard Drive and Lhotsky Street.

At the Tillyard Drive/Lhotsky Street intersection there will be:

• Traffic lights including signalised pedestrian crossing
• Zebra crossings on both the northern and southern sides of the intersection
• Relocation of the existing bus stop north of the intersection about 20 metres further north.

According to the contract, the work is to be completed by 31 July 2020.

On her Facebook page, Ms Kikkert thanked the more than 1300 people who signed her petition in 2017, and everyone who supported her Assembly motion in 2018 to include the upgrade of the intersections in the ACT budget.

The Government committed to the upgrades due to the high number of crashes, high volumes of traffic, long queues and delays.

It said design work had also started for the intersection of Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive, including traffic lights and a shared path up to the Barton Highway intersection. Construction is expected to commence in the 2019-20 financial year.

 

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Excellent initiative. I’ve noticed how much safer the road is after the lights and roundabout installations on Sternberg Cres behind the Erindale centre.

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