The roundabout at one of Braddon’s busiest intersections will be replaced with a raised treatment to slow traffic as part of the more expansive streetscape upgrades being undertaken by the City Renewal Authority.
The CRA says the proposed works at the intersection of Elouera and Mort streets will make it safer for pedestrians and improve connectivity in the retail and hospitality precinct, including making it easier to walk to the light rail line on Northbourne Avenue.
They include the replacement of the roundabout with a raised concrete intersection treatment that calms traffic and introduces four zebra crossings with less distance for pedestrians to traverse.
The verges will be widened, new lighting installed on each corner, new garden beds and trees established, and new paving and furniture provided.
CRA CEO Malcolm Snow said the upgrades to the intersection prioritise pedestrian movement to make it safer and easier to walk between public transport and local businesses.
“We’re continuing to make Braddon more accessible and attractive for residents and visitors,” Mr Snow said.
“By improving pedestrian safety and connections to adjacent public transport, we’re making it easier for people to enjoy Braddon’s shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars.”
Mr Snow said the community suggested the improvements to the intersection during consultation on the original Braddon Streetscape Program.
“Through the early consultation, the community made it clear that supporting better pedestrian access, calming traffic, and improving integration with the light rail were the priorities,” he said.
Construction on the intersection upgrade is expected to begin in mid-2024.
Consultation on the project is now open and Canberrans can view the concept design and provide feedback on the YourSay Conversations website until the end of Friday, 15 December.