The ACT Government is moving ahead with its flagship public transport projects, releasing the first tender for physical works for light rail Stage 2A to Commonwealth Park and awarding a multi-million dollar contract for works associated with the new Woden interchange and CIT project.
Enabling works for the raising of London Circuit involving the relocation of utility assets are now out for contract and will show the first visible signs of work in the coming months.
The government has also contracted multi-national transport company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles to provide energy modelling and advice for Stage 2 to Woden.
Meanwhile a $15 million contract has been awarded to local civil engineering company Canberra Contractors for the construction of bus layovers and road works integral to the development of the new interchange on Callum Street.
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The government is planning an 18-stop interchange with a central light rail platform on Callum Street, and 35 bus layovers nearby in Easty Street and Launceston Street near Phillip Oval.
Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said the utility relocation works must be completed before other light rail projects can start, such as raising London Circuit, which is due to get underway in 2022.
He said these early works include moving telecommunications and water utilities from their current location on London Circuit between Edinburgh Avenue and Constitution Avenue, to a new location along Vernon Circle.
This would ensure that essential services are not disrupted once main works start on raising London Circuit and other parts of delivering Stage 2 of light rail to Woden, he said.
“Building light rail to Woden is the single largest infrastructure build in our city’s history, and the start of construction on early works is now very close,” Mr Steel said.
He said subject to obtaining works approval for the early works and the procurement process, construction was expected to begin as early as August.
Some short-term temporary lane closures will be required, and any traffic changes will be advised ahead of works commencing.
Mr Steel said the government was planning how to manage traffic disruption in and around the city once the broader construction works get under way.
The most disruptive period would begin in 2022, and the government would be providing clear information to business and the community throughout the project to help minimise the impacts.
“Building light rail is going to be very disruptive during construction, but the project will deliver the long-term benefits of making Canberra a more connected, sustainable and vibrant city,” Mr Steel said.
To keep up with the light rail progress go the dedicated government website.