Hibberson Street in the Gungahlin Town Centre will become a 20 km/h one-way shared zone between Gozzard Street and Gungahlin Place and be able to be closed for weekends and special events under plans announced by Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris.
The Minister said this section of Hibberson Street would become a vibrant people-friendly zone that will further transform the Gungahlin Town Centre.
She said the one-way shared zone concept struck a good balance between all users of the Town Centre. The work will begin in early 2018 and be completed by June.
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The Minister said the plan for Hibberson Street was the latest work being done in Gungahlin to future proof one of Canberra’s biggest community hubs from traffic and pedestrian safety issues.
She visited Gungahlin to update the community on the Town Centre projects and to release a map detailing the work already under way and planned over the next 12 months.
“The work being done here in Gungahlin’s Town Centre will result in vibrant community hub which people can access quickly and safely from any other part of Canberra,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“There is a huge amount of change going on in Gungahlin, so the map we are releasing today will help the community keep track of where work is up to and where we are heading over the next 12 months.
“As a local I am well aware of the complications these works can make to travel plans and appreciate everyone’s patience while we deliver a series of really exciting projects for the people of Gungahlin.”
The plans for Hibberson Street come as the transformation of Gungahlin Town Centre continues to move forward with stage one of light rail, a new bus station, and the duplication of key roads all taking shape.
The Minister said the final product would make Gungahlin the ACT’s most accessible town centre and encourage more people to work, live and socialise in Canberra’s fastest growing region.
Over the next 12 months works involving Gungahlin’s Town Centre and the road network will include:
- Gundaroo Drive duplication, currently under way with Stage 1 completed by mid 2018 and Stage 2 by early 2020.
- An extension of Ernest Cavanagh Street, scheduled to start in the coming months and finish early 2018.
- Gungahlin Bus Station, with construction to start in August and finish early 2018.
- Light Rail stage 1 – the project is now well under way and set to finish late 2018.
- Hibberson Street shared zone will see work start early 2018 and finish by June.
- Horse Park Drive duplication is also well under way, with the project scheduled to finish mid-2019.
- A new road to the south of The Valley Avenue will be constructed, with work scheduled to start in September and end early 2018.
“By this time next year we will also be preparing to see Canberra’s first light rail stock leaving the depot at Mitchell, a landmark, life changing occasion for anyone who works or lives in Gungahlin’s town centre,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Once again I would like to thank the people of Gungahlin for their patience while we build a better town centre which will continue to service the region’s growing population for many years to come.”