Based on a feasibility study in 2016 of traffic movements on Hindmarsh Drive at the intersection of Launceston Street and Eggleston Crescent, improvements were proposed which will increase access and safety onto Hindmarsh Drive from the adjoining residential areas.
The three lanes of traffic in each direction on Hindmarsh Drive and increases in traffic as a result of the Molonglo residential area development has made it difficult to exit the adjoining suburbs of Lyons and Chifley and to manoeuvre across Hindmarsh Drive at these intersections. This has been particularly the case for buses moving between these suburbs in peak periods.
Traffic signals are being installed where Hindmarsh Drive intersects with Eggleston Crescent and Launceston Street to improve access and safety at these T-intersections.
While new traffic signals will add some minor delays to traffic on Hindmarsh Drive it will make it easier for vehicles to exit the adjoining residential areas and provide bus, pedestrian and cycle access. The synchronisation of the completed signals will alleviate the overall queuing times along Hindmarsh Drive during peak periods.
These improvements will also enable public transport services to be safely re-routed through Launceston Street and Eggleston Crescent, removing the current diversion through residential roads.
Consultation occurred during 2016.
The ACT Government committed $1.5 million to the Hindmarsh Drive & Launceston Street & Eggleston Crescent intersections as part of the 2016-17 ACT Budget.