City upgrades across Canberra

Want to know about improvements underway or recently completed in your area? We've highlighted a few below but you'll also find more here.

Refreshed playgrounds across Canberra

Playground improvement works are now complete to refresh 39 different sites in 31 suburbs, including Page, Deakin, Crace, Curtin and Gowrie. We have installed new shade sails, new fencing, new seating, new inclusive play equipment and new footpaths at a number of sites, to make sure Canberra children and their carers have access to well maintained and updated places to play and explore.

Making our city’s Black Spots safer

A number of road safety upgrades will be rolled out across the city in the coming months as part of the Black Spot Program.

These include:

Masson Street/McCaughey Street

  • we’re installing speed cushions to reduce traffic speed on approach to the roundabout.

Hobart Avenue/National Circuit

  • we’re making changes to the road geometry at this intersection for safety and making improvements to line marking, installing pram ramps and a traffic island.

Barton Highway

  • the speed limit between the signalised roundabout and the entrance to Radio 1 RPH heading towards the city will be reduced to 80 km/h in the coming months.

Improvements to get underway along Northbourne Avenue

Pavement rehabilitation works will soon get underway on the northbound lanes of Northbourne Avenue between MacArthur Avenue and Antill Street. These works were always expected to be undertaken following light rail construction, due to the wear-and-tear effect of the constant heavy flow of traffic on Northbourne Avenue. Rehabilitation of the pavement on this section of the road will improve skid resistance, remove defects and reduce the need for regular maintenance. As well as benefiting motorists, the many cyclists who use this section of road will enjoy a smoother journey. Work is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

New traffic lights for a safer intersection

Design work is about to commence for the installation of traffic lights and further safety measures to upgrade intersections on both sides of the bridge linking Kent and Novar streets. Construction work is expected to start following the completion of the Canberra Brickworks access road/Dudley Street upgrade construction works in the 2020/21 Financial Year.

Galloping improvements making all the horses sing (and drink)

Now you CAN lead a horse to water and make it drink at the Equestrian Park on Cotter Road at Curtin. Significant underground upgrades were carried out earlier this year with new watermain infrastructure providing a stronger and more reliable water system. The upgrades will not only benefit the horses galloping around, it will also benefit users of the Betty Cornhill community garden.

Safety improvement work progressing on the Monaro Highway

Work will soon get underway on safety improvements to the Monaro Highway between Royalla Drive and Williamsdale Road. Construction of an approximately two kilometre northbound overtaking lane will commence before Christmas along with construction of a left turn slip lane at the intersection of the Monaro Highway/Old Cooma Road. Construction is expected to be complete in mid 2020.

Design work is also underway for safety improvements and intersection upgrades at key locations along the Monaro Highway from Johnson Drive through to the access road to the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

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