26 September 2023

Busy road to be given traffic lights

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The intersection of Sulwood Drive and Mannheim Street at the foot of Mount Taylor in Kambah is to receive traffic lights as part of a road widening project.

Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel said the project would see the construction of a three-metre-wide shared path along Sulwood Drive between Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive.

Mr Steel said the project aimed to improve safety and accessibility for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, as well as provide safer parking access to the Mount Taylor nature reserve.

“Mount Taylor is a hugely popular recreation destination and the Government wants to improve safety and access for all people who visit the nature reserve, not just vehicles, but also walkers and cyclists,” Mr Steel said.

“Sulwood Drive, between Drakeford Drive and Athllon Drive, has no formal off-road or on-road cyclist or pedestrian facilities,” he said.

“We are proposing to address this missing link and encourage active travel by building a new 4km off-road path on the southern side of Sulwood Drive, connecting with the rest of our shared path network.”

Mr Steel said a Feasibility Study, commissioned by the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, found that a traffic light intersection was the most suitable new design, together with road widening to provide a dedicated right hand turning lane into the Mount Taylor car park.

The Minister said the Directorate’s project team would be at the Mount Taylor Nature Reserve in the car park off Sulwood Drive from 9am to 11am next Saturday, (19 June), to talk to local residents and visitors to Mount Taylor.

He said the Directorate would engage with the Southside community over the coming weeks to get their feedback on the proposed safety improvements.

“I encourage people who live in the area and those who regularly visit the Mount Taylor Nature Reserve to take a look at what is being proposed and share your feedback,” Mr Steel said.

Further information on the project, including how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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