25 September 2023

New carpark to kerb safety fears

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Upgrades are being made to the Mount Taylor car park with the aim of improving safety for the community.

Director of Roads ACT, Ken Marshall said $200,000 had been allocated to convert part of the verge on Sulwood Drive into a car park, providing safer access for the many visitors to Mount Taylor Nature Reserve.

“The increasing popularity of the Nature Reserve has necessitated these upgrades,” Mr Marshall said.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people being active and making use of the Nature Reserve for recreational purposes. However, this has seen an increase in the number of cars parking along Sulwood Drive creating safety issues for all road users.”

He said the planned work included a smooth, recycled asphalt surface that would manage the erosion and dust caused by the existing dirt surface; defined entry and exit points approximately 150 metres away from the Mannheim Street intersection; and new kerb barriers on the road’s edge to prevent vehicles entering and exiting the car park directly around the Mannheim Street intersection.

“The car park will be constructed in two stages so that parking access will be maintained for the duration of construction,” Mr Marshall said.

“Construction is expected to be completed in early 2019, weather permitting. Please be mindful of the changed traffic arrangements as these works are under way.”

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