The road under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge between West Basin and Commonwealth Park will be closed from Monday, June 19 until Friday, September 8 this year to allow for the construction of a new public park.
Diversions will be set up to ensure continuous access to both Commonwealth Park and West Basin parking areas during the temporary closure of Barrine Drive, which will allow work to begin on a waterfront park next to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at the southern headland of West Basin.
The road will be reopened during Floriade before being closed again until the park’s completion in early 2018. It will be reopened as a shared zone at that time.
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LDA City to the Lake Director Nicholas Holt acknowledged the diversions would present an inconvenience to some visitors to the area during the construction period.
“But the delivery of a waterfront park, along with the new public boardwalk in West Basin, will create a fantastic new public space where Canberrans and visitors to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin,” he said.
Vehicle access during the closure will still be available to both West Basin (entry and exit northbound on Commonwealth Avenue) and to Commonwealth Park (exit and entry southbound on Commonwealth Avenue).
Drivers wanting to access or exit these areas in the opposite direction will need to turn around at Vernon Circle to the north or via the Flynn Drive off-ramp at the southern end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the signalised Commonwealth Avenue crossing.
These diversions will be in place both day and night.
Detour signage and barriers will be in place to alert motorists and pedestrians to the closure and direct them to the diversions.
Pictured above is an artist’s impression of Point Park, West Basin. Photo: LDA