A new route for Weston-Woden link

Released 29/11/2019

Southside residents are set to benefit from a new shared path between Weston Creek and Woden, with changes made to the route based on feedback from the community. Designs have also been released for a new cycleway in the Woden Town Centre.

“The Heysen St link is one of the key missing connections in our cycle path network, joining Weston with Woden,” Minister Steel said.

“The Government has listened to feedback from the community during consultation on the designs, and we now intend to progress with an alternate route.”

Minister Steel said that the 3m wide path was originally designed as an off-road shared path along Devonport Street and Heysen Street, between Derwent Street in Lyons and Hilder Street in Weston. The Government will now proceed with an alternate alignment running from the intersection of Devonport and Derwent streets, diagonally across the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve and then along Heysen Street to Hilder Street.

“The Southside community has been very supportive of addressing this missing link in the shared path network and I’m pleased that we’re getting on with the work of delivering this important connection for the community,” Minister Steel said.

“We know this path is an important link for cycle commuters and school students, with the alternate alignment through the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve providing a more direct and safer route for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrian users.

“Historically, there has never been a path next to the road and this has meant that cyclists have had to travel on the road and pedestrians have had to negotiate walking on the rough road verge.”

The final design of the alternate alignment will go through environmental and planning approvals with a final decision on the alignment expected to be made in early 2020, with construction tender to be released soon after.

Minister Steel also released the final designs for the 1.1 kilometre dedicated on-road cycleway through the Woden Town Centre on Corinna Street.

“These improvements will create a safer and more efficient route for cyclists traversing through Woden Town Centre by separating them from both pedestrians and other road users. “

“Active travel upgrades are a key part of the ACT Government’s plan for the Southside, making it easier to get around our suburbs, whether that’s walking, cycling, driving or public transport,” Minister Steel said.

For more information on the Heysen Street shared path link and other projects in the area, visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au.

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