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Vernon Circle lanes closed over weekend for courts project

By Charlotte Harper - 29 July 2016 0

New law courts complex

Two lanes of Commonwealth Avenue and Vernon Circle will be closed temporarily this weekend as part of the refurbishment of the ACT Law Courts precinct.

The lanes will be closed from 6am on Saturday to 7pm on Sunday to ensure the safe installation of tower cranes at the site.

The centre and left hand lanes of Commonwealth Avenue and Vernon Circle northbound will be closed from the off-ramp connecting to Parkes Way eastbound/London Circuit northbound to just south of the intersection of London Circuit and Vernon Circle. A single lane will be open with a reduced speed limit of 40km/h put in place during the closures.

Access will be maintained to the off-ramp from Commonwealth Avenue northbound to London Circle eastbound. Access for cyclists will also be maintained along Commonwealth Avenue and Vernon Circle via a temporary cycle path running parallel to the closures.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has advised motorists and other road users to plan their travel and avoid the area if possible given the expected delays.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience while we build a modern court complex that will meet the needs of the city for the next 50 years,” Mr Corbell said.

He said foundation work would be completed over the next three months and construction would begin on the basement and ground floor levels of the facility.

“The first stage of works for this project also involves construction of a new entrance hall and four-storey wing fronting Vernon Circle which will house six courtrooms, judicial chambers, library, public spaces including a cafeteria and dedicated juror facilities,” the Attorney said.

“It is expected the first stage will be completed in late 2017.”

Pictured is an artist’s impression of the new law courts precinct.

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