Ten intersections on Flemington Road, Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will close every night this week between 8 pm and 6 am to enable testing of the new light rail signalling system.
The closures began on 17 February and will occur every night until Saturday, 23 February. They will affect all southbound and northbound right-turning traffic, as well as traffic crossing through.
Canberra Metro said the tests are being carried out overnight to minimise disruption and in order to conduct them safely.
According to the organisation, diversions for motorists will be put in place and clearly sign-posted along the corridor.
The following intersections will be closed overnight until February 23:
- Lysaght Street
- Mitchell Resource Centre
- Randwick Road
- Phillip Avenue
- Morphett and Murdoch Street
- Macarthur-Wakefield Avenues
- Masson-Girrahween Street
- Elouera-Gould Street
There will also be a number of temporary closures this week at the remaining intersections along the light rail corridor between Mitchell and the City in order to give light rail vehicles priority to travel through. The intersections will be re-opened once they pass.
Canberra Metro said that light rail vehicles will always have priority at traffic lights, meaning the order of traffic light sequencing will vary for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
Motorists are being encouraged to plan ahead this week when travelling at night along the light rail corridor, with Canberra Metro saying it is important for the community to be aware, stay safe and obey the road rules as the environment changes around this corridor.
To see a map of the affected intersections or for more details please click here.