Busy Mt Taylor car park to get another safety revamp

Ian Bushnell 16 May 2020 20
Mt Taylor car park

An aerial shot of the Mt Taylor car park and the intersection of Sulwood Drive and Mannheim Street, Kambah. Photo: ACT Government.

The recently upgraded Mt Taylor car park in Kambah is to be extended, including a new gravel section and pedestrian and cycle links, according to an ACT Government tender for a feasibility study and design options.

The project will also include a feasibility study for a safe dedicated right turn into the car park on Sulwood Drive and a new shared path along Sulwood Drive between Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive.

Major Projects Canberra is also seeking design options for turning and slip lanes on the southern verge, widening the pavement on the southern side of Sulwood Drive at the two-access point to the car park area near Mannheim Street to improve safe turning exits, and potential construction of a median traffic island to provide a two-stage pedestrian crossing of Sulwood Drive near the intersection with Mannheim Street.

The 4 km shared path would provide an east-west connection between two existing cycle routes following Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive.

It was originally proposed as part of a $5.8 million joint Labor package during last year’s Federal election campaign.

Proposed path map

A map of the proposed path, provided during last year’s election campaign. Image: ACT Government.

The successful tenderer will be required to investigate and assess the condition of the intersections, undertake a traffic analysis, recommend development options, and develop and finalise designs.

The Mt Taylor Nature Reserve is an increasingly popular walking and cycling destination, attracting 4,000 visitors a month, and the car park has been a safety concern for years, particularly as traffic increased on Sulwood Drive.

In 2017, Liberal MLA Mark Parton, a regular visitor, called for government action to make it safer. Local Labor MLAs Chris Steel and Bec Cody also sponsored petitions to the Legislative Assembly.

Last year, the ACT Government spent $200,000 formalising the ad hoc parking arrangement on the verge, providing a marked asphalt source, defined entry and exit points, and new kerb barriers.

The government said at the time it would continue to monitor traffic conditions at the car park and flagged further works to make it even safer.

This year it also installed a solar-powered CCTV camera in the car park in response to reports of car theft and vandalism.

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4 Responses to Busy Mt Taylor car park to get another safety revamp
Jeff Smith Jeff Smith 4:35 pm 21 May 20

Had a walk at Mt Taylor today. Yep definitely needs some attention, cars were going everywhere and it’s an accident waiting to happen.

I reckon there were a minimum of 50 cars parked there.

bj_ACT bj_ACT 12:28 pm 18 May 20

A very popular area in much need of safer infrastructure.

A AAMI crash report had Sulwood as one of the most dangerous roads in Canberra. It is very busy single lane main road and it winds around a fair bit with some very poor intersections.

I’ve always wondered why it doesn’t have a roundabout at Mannheim. That would have been the easiest and cheapest solution for the road and car park.

gooterz gooterz 8:04 am 18 May 20

Turning right shouldn’t be done up hill

scouserdog scouserdog 10:08 pm 17 May 20

It would be much safer if they put traffic lights at the intersection with Mannheim St.

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