Temporary safety barrier to be installed on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

Media Release

19 June 2017

The National Capital Authority (NCA) will commence night works to install a temporary safety barrier along the shared path on the western span of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over Lake Burley Griffin.

The Chief Executive of the NCA, Malcolm Snow said the Heritage Impact Assessment has guided the design of the new barrier, to balance both the heritage and safety requirements.

“It is a two rail system, with a handrail and cycle restraint, which is bolted to the path, next to the existing vehicle barrier, and will be painted grey to meet heritage requirements,” Mr Snow said.

“We consulted with Pedal Power ACT, Canberra Cycling Club and the ACT Government’s Bicycle Advisory Group regarding the barrier and they have given their support for the final design.”

“To minimise the impact on motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, the safety barrier will be installed during a night-time works program that starts on Monday 19 June, and will take up to two weeks to complete.”

“It is expected the temporary safety barrier will be in place for around two years, until the longer- term design and road management plan, outlined in the Kings and Commonwealth Avenues Draft Design Strategy, is finalised after public consultation,” Mr Snow said.

One northbound vehicle lane of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and half of the shared pathway, over Lake Burley Griffin, will be closed for the night works program, to provide access for workers.

The safety barrier is being manufactured and installed by an Australian company.

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