Mayor Rattenbury is out for his first Constitution Avenue Rodeo.
A stretch of road dominated by gravel car parks and bordered by Canberra’s oldest graveyard will, we are repeatedly promised, be transformed into the Paris of the South.
Anyway, here’s Shane’s stab at it:
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Work is progressing on the upgrade of Constitution Avenue with design plans now finalised for the project, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“The long term vision for Constitution Avenue is to provide a vibrant, mixed-use, tree-lined grand avenue with enhanced public transport, cycling and pedestrian movement. This is an exciting redevelopment and the upgrade of Constitution Avenue will ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the visionary design,” said Mr Rattenbury
“Last year, the ACT Government released for consultation preliminary design plans for the road’s upgrade. Over 100 pieces of feedback were received from interested members of the community and key stakeholders which has been used to help finalise the design plans
“The upgrade, between Vernon Circle and Anzac Parade, will provide major public transport and infrastructure improvements along Constitution Avenue including a dedicated bus lane in each direction, bus priority at signalised intersections, a separated cycle path, improved pedestrian facilities including street furniture, on-street parking and lighting. The plans can also accommodate the possibility of future light rail along Constitution avenue.
“In addition, the character and visual amenity of the avenue will be enhanced through the delivery of a tree replacement program for some of the existing oak trees which are in advanced stages of decline.
“Established trees will be used to replace trees that need to be removed and an additional 229 new trees will be planted along the avenue. A central median will be created and planted with new oak trees and the verge on both sides of the road will receive significant landscape upgrades.”
“With design plans now finalised, early works for the project are scheduled to commence in December 2013. This will involved relocation of underground services, car park reconfiguration, some earthworks and removal of the trees. Major construction work is expected to commence in February 2014 and be completed by June 2015.”