17 September 2021

Lakeside works to mean path disruptions into December

| Ian Bushnell
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People walking by lake.

There will be a number of closures and detours over coming months which will affect the northern side of Lake Burley Griffin. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The start of upgrade works to Kings Park and Rond Terrace on the northern side of Lake Burley Griffin will mean disruptions for motorists and the many runners, walkers and cyclists who use the popular lake paths.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has announced a range of closures and detours from now into December.

A section of the Boundless Playground car park, off Wendouree Drive, has been closed to construct a bus drop-off area next to the National Police Memorial.

Lower speed limits will be in force at Wendouree Drive near the Parkes Way underpass, for the construction of additional parking and a dedicated bus drop-off next to Blundells Cottage.

The path at Rond Terrace is closed but the water edge pathway will remain open throughout the works.

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From Monday 4 October to December the centre section of Wendouree Drive will be closed to all traffic.

This section will remain open for cycling with minor detours during construction and cyclists should follow the detour signs.

From Friday 29 October to mid-November, a section of RG Menzies Walk in Commonwealth Park will be impacted by construction works, and pedestrians and cyclists will be directed by detour signs.

Pedestrian access under Parkes Way may be closed at times during the construction works.

Rond Terrace render

An artist’s impression of the upgraded Rond Terrace. Image: NCA.

The NCA says works will occur Monday to Thursday from 7 am to 4:30 pm, Fridays from 7 am to 3:30 pm and Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm, weather permitting and subject to change.

Lane closures and speed reductions will be in place for the duration of the works.

Stage one works in Kings Park were completed in December 2020 and included additional parking spaces close to Boundless Playground.

Stage two will improve cycle and pedestrian safety, address parking shortages near Blundells Cottage and deliver a range of improvements to enhance the overall visitor experience.

Works include more parking near Parkes Way underpass near Blundells Cottage, relocation of parking from Blundells Cottage to the new parking area, changing the centre section of Wendouree Drive from Blundells Cottage and near Aspen Island to a cycle-only path, and works to redirect commuter cyclists from RG Menzies Walk to existing asphalt paths in Commonwealth Park.

There will also be a new dedicated coach drop-off near Blundells Cottage and a coach drop-off at the National Police Memorial, additional disabled parking bays at the new car park near Blundells Cottage, and a wheelchair-accessible pathway to Blundells Cottage

Improvements to Rond Terrace include the installation of six new flagpoles and the first stage of upgrades to the landscape.

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Doesn’t affect me as I’m risking a big fine just going near the place

Why is that Futureproof? Are you under some sort of restraining order?

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