Constitution Avenue is a 2.5 kilometres road reserve connecting Vernon Circle in the city through to Northcott Drive in Russell. Before the upgrade, the road started at Knowles Place, the access road to the Legislative Assembly car park.
The Constitution Avenue Upgrade project provided major public transport, infrastructure and landscape improvements for the community, between Vernon Circle and Wendouree Drive.
The video below provides a time lapse of the transformation of Constitution Avenue throughout the construction phase.
The upgrade included:
The long term vision for Constitution Avenue has always been to act as more than a strategic corridor; more so one which delivers a vibrant, mixed-use, tree-lined grand avenue with enhanced public transport, cycling and pedestrian movement.
As commercial and residential development is progressed along Constitution Avenue, the public realm spaces will be upgraded to achieve the visionary design for 2031. This upgrade has ensured the necessary streetscape infrastructure is in place to support this vision.
In celebration of the Centenary of Canberra, the Australian Government gifted $42 million to the ACT Government for the upgrade of Constitution Avenue.
Community consultation with adjoining owners and business operators as well as the general public was undertaken in 2012. Discussions with the owners and business operators are ongoing throughout the construction phase.
Major construction was completed in August 2016.