Heysen Street shared path starts construction

Released 03/08/2020

Construction will get underway this week to deliver the first stage of improvements on the Heysen Street link connecting Weston Creek and Woden.

“I am very pleased to announce that Stage 1 of the Heysen St shared path is now under construction connecting Weston with Woden,” said Minister for Roads and Active Travel, Chris Steel.

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

“In addition to the delivery of the shared path, we’ll deliver safer crossing points for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrian users as well as LED lighting along the route.”

The new three-metre wide asphalt shared path begins at the intersection of Devonport Street and Derwent Street, moves through the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve and follows Heysen Street before coming to an end at the intersection with Hilder Street.

To facilitate the works on the Heysen Street link and complete them as quickly as possible, a number of road closures will be required throughout the duration of the project.

The first closure will be on Heysen Street in both directions between Hilder Street and Devonport Street from mid-August for approximately two months. There will be no access for road users, cyclists nor pedestrians.

“This project will be disruptive during construction but will deliver long term benefit of improved cycling and walking connections between Weston and Woden.”

“I would like to thank Weston Creek and Woden residents in advance for their patience in taking an alternative route, while this missing link in our cycle network is built.”

“This is just the start of our investment in active travel in Murrumbidgee. Last month I announced the Stage 2 of the Heysen St link will also be built as part of the fast-track program.”

Stage 2 of the Heysen St Link will provide a 2.5 metre wide off‑road asphalt shared path along Launceston Street from Burnie Street in Lyons to the underpass near the Lyons shops.

Work will also start on the 1.1 kilometre protected cycleway through the Woden Town Centre on Corinna St this month. This project will create a safer and more efficient route for cyclists, separating them from both pedestrians and other road users.

“These active travel projects are creating jobs and increasing the appeal of active travel by making it safer to walk and cycle.”

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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