Motorists will have to wait until the middle of next year for all three lanes of Northbourne Avenue to be open, with asphalting, re-sealing and pavement rehabilitation works expected to take place over the next 10 months.
The ACT Government is expecting roadworks to continue on the busy thoroughfare till the middle of next year, with the northbound lanes between MacArthur Avenue, O’Connor and Antill Street, Dickson to be repaired.
A Transport Canberra and City Services spokesperson said the road works will commence following the completion of light rail activities along Northbourne Avenue but expected the works to be completed by the middle of 2020.
The spokesperson said Canberra Metro is currently finalising construction works which were not essential to be completed prior to the launch of the Gungahlin to City light rail in April, as per its contract with the ACT Government.
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“It is expected that all remaining works within the light rail corridor associated with asphalting and re-sealing of roads will be finalised by the end of September ,” the spokesperson said. “Some of the current works include finalising intersection and road works and the installation of wayfinding signs at the MacArthur Avenue stop.”
After the asphalting and re-sealing is completed next month, “pavement rehabilitation works” will be undertaken to reduce the need for regular maintenance.
“The completion date for the pavement rehabilitation works is dependent on the start date – but we expect to be completed in mid-2020,” the spokesperson said.
“Northbourne Avenue is a heavily trafficked road, this constant flow of traffic has a wear and tear effect on the road and these works were always expected to be undertaken following light rail construction.
“Rehabilitation of the pavement on this section of the road will improve skid resistance, remove defects and reduce the need for regular maintenance.
“As well as benefiting motorists, the many cyclists who use this section of road will enjoy a smoother journey.”
The pavement rehabilitation works will be undertaken lane by lane with two lanes remaining open at all times, with speed limit reductions in place whilst the road works are undertaken.