Bowen Place Crossing Works Begin

Media Release

12 February 2014

The National Capital Authority today commenced construction of a new pedestrian and cycle crossing at Bowen Place to improve safety.

Bowen Place is part of the popular pedestrian and cyclist route around Lake Burley Griffin's central basin, as well as a busy commuter peak hour road. When complete, the Bowen Place Crossing will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists simultaneous safe passage through the area at all times.

The crossing design includes a 300 metre long path which passes under the existing road at Bowen Place, connecting Kings Avenue to the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore path network. Retaining walls and landscaping, have been designed to enhance the underpass experience for pedestrians and cyclists and integrate the new works into the existing landscape setting.

Path improvement works will also extend from Bowen Place along the lake foreshore to the north-east of the National Gallery of Australia sculpture garden as part of the project.

NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow said the pedestrian crossing design is the result of extensive community consultation in 2010 and 2011.

'During our consultation process, the community indicated a strong preference for a crossing at Bowen Place to allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists continuous access,' Mr Snow said.

'We asked five architecture and landscape architecture teams to submit designs for an crossing to improve safety, while also meeting our heritage obligations.

'The preferred design was unanimously selected by a design panel, chaired by the ACT Government Architect, Mr Alastair Swayn.

'The community were again asked to provide feedback on the proposed crossing design before construction commenced.

'At every step of the process, we have received immense community feedback and interest,' Mr Snow said.

Bowen Place Crossing construction works will take place from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 7:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.

Minimal disruption to the public is expected during the first phase of construction. Bowen Drive is to remain operational to motorists throughout the construction except for possible temporary closures necessary to lay the finished road pavement surface.

Temporary closures have been planned to occur outside peak periods.

The NCA has installed a temporary crossing point across Bowen Drive, outside the critical works area, to maintain access and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists during construction of the crossing.

A 40km/ph speed limit will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for much of the works.

The Bowen Place Crossing is scheduled to be complete by late March 2015, at an expected budget of $10 million.

Images of the Crossing design are available on the NCA website.