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Closures on Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue for light rail works

Lachlan Roberts 5 July 2019 4

Road closures this weekend in the city.

Despite stage one of Canberra’s light rail being operational since 20 April, the ACT Government is still closing off intersections to continue work along the route, ten weeks after its official launch.

Starting from 8 pm on Friday (5 July) to 6 am Monday morning (8 July), intersections along the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will be closed while road works take place.

The intersection at Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue will be closed to cross street traffic and right turning traffic from Alinga Street onto Northbourne Avenue.

There will also be lane restrictions to northbound and southbound traffic near the intersection.

Transport Canberra bus services will also be affected during this closure, with bus stop 3042 on City West Alinga Street and stop 4530 on Marcus Clarke Street before Rimmer Street closed this weekend.

For bus stops 3042, customers are asked to proceed to the alternative platforms in the City Interchange while bus stop 4530 patrons can use the temporary alternative bus stop on Rimmer Street opposite bus stop 4529.

The intersection of Barton Highway and Northbourne Avenue will be closed for construction, with motorists unable to turn right onto the Barton Highway intersection on Northbourne Avenue and also unable to turn right onto Northbourne Avenue towards the city.

There will also be lane restrictions to northbound and southbound traffic near the intersection.

In a statement, Transport Canberra and City Services encouraged affected motorists to follow the detours and to allow additional travel time this weekend.

“Diversions will be in place to help drivers navigate the upcoming intersection closures as light rail stage one works continue to progress along the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue,” the statement read.

“Canberra Metro is working hard to complete construction and to ensure these closures cause as little disruption as possible.

“Detours, traffic control and pedestrian management will be in place, and signage and personnel will be highly visible throughout the works. Motorists are encouraged to follow the detours and allow additional travel time over the affected weekends.

“Transport Canberra thanks the public for their continued understanding and patience during these interruptions.”


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Capital Retro 10:32 am 05 Jul 19

I understood that Canberra Metro had been paid in full under the contract terms so, who is paying for this “continuing work”?

phoon 3:50 pm 05 Jul 19

Don’t thank me for my patience, I am not offering my patience. Sick to death of the roads being constantly messed up and lanes being closed (usually for no reason at all). Hurry up and finish this mess.

maxblues 5:04 am 06 Jul 19

So the cost keeps rising……

Capital Retro 1:08 pm 06 Jul 19

It’s mayhem in the city this morning with only one lane open in each direction between Barry Drive and Alinga Street. Also, the lack of any traffic supervisors is creating gridlock across the sacred light rail tracks – what “personnel”?

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