On 13 February 2014, the National Capital Authority 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 crossing 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.
The Bowen Place Crossing design was approved by both Houses of Parliament in November 2012. All necessary tender documentation, environmental and heritage clearances have been completed.
The new Bowen Place crossing features 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. It includes retaining walls and landscaping to enhance the crossing experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
Bowen Place Crossing construction works are taking place from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 7:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.
A 40km/ph speed limit is in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for much of the works.
Bowen Place Crossing as of September 2015.
From 16 July 2015 Bowen Drive will be open permanently. The clover leaf off ramp connecting Kings Avenue to the westbound carriageway of Bowen Drive will be closed.
Temporary Road Closure
Traffic arrangements on and adjacent to Bowen Drive, Parkes, in Canberra will change on Saturday 10 October 2015 to allow for the continued construction of the Bowen Place development for a new pedestrian and cycle crossing.
The east bound carriageway of Bowen Drive will be closed adjacent to the National Gallery.
Closures will commence from 7.00am on Saturday 17 October - 5.30pm of the same day.
Closure traffic arrangements include:
- East bound vehicles on Bowen Drive will be re-directed to King George Terrace.
Traffic will be directed by signage and other traffic control measures.
Please note during the closure:
- East bound traffic exiting the Parliamentary Zone should continue towards King George Terrace and travel eastwards on Macquarie Street or Blackall Street.
- Pedestrians and cyclists will need to detour locally around the works for the duration of the project.
- On road cyclists are recommended to detour around the works area and where practical, utilise the off road shared path network.
Traffic in the area will be directed by detour signs.
Bowen Place Crossing temporary traffic arrangements.