Site Works Begin on Bowen Place Underpass

Media Release

14 March 2013

Infrastructure work at Bowen Place has commenced in preparation for the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle underpass.

Over the next fortnight, high voltage electricity and gas lines will be lowered at Bowen Place. The work will take place from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays.

NCA Chief Executive said this is the first component of work to improve safety at the Bowen Place crossing.

'This work marks the start of the Bowen Place underpass which, when complete, will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists continuous access,' Mr Rake said.

'Relocating the electricity and gas lines is required before major earth work and construction begins next year.

The Bowen Place crossing is a popular pedestrian and cyclist route around Lake Burley Griffin's central basin, as well as a busy commuter peak hour road.

The underpass design includes a 300 metre long path connecting Kings Avenue to the existing path network next to Lake Burley Griffin. Pedestrians and cyclists will pass under the existing road at Bowen Place, allowing continuous access for all users.

The design was approved by both Houses of Parliament in November 2012. All necessary tender documentation, environmental and heritage clearances have also been completed.

Construction of the Bowen Place crossing is scheduled to commence early in 2014 and is expected to be completed by December 2014.