Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the contract has been awarded to construct a shared path along Yamba Drive between the Canberra Hospital and Yarra Glen intersection to improve access and safety for pedestrians.
"Work will commence in September to build a 2 kilometre shared path that will provide a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of Yamba Drive that link the Canberra Hospital with the shared paths along Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue," Mr Rattenbury said.
"The Yamba Drive corridor has been identified as an important walking and cycling route for residents in the inner south who access the Hospital, as well as the nearby sporting fields and skate park.
"The path will also link with existing bus infrastructure along Yamba Drive allowing commuters to use the frequent bus services which service this route.
"The project will also see the addition of a pedestrian safety fence along the median of Yamba Drive to support the recently installed pedestrian crossing at the intersection with Bateson Street. This fence will guide people towards the safe crossing point and discourage informal crossings of Yamba Drive.
"Following the tragic accident outside Canberra Hospital last year, both Territory and Municipal Services and ACT Health have worked together to finalise these range of important safety improvements. I am pleased they will make accessing Canberra Hospital much safer, while also benefiting commuters and nearby residents who use the busy Yamba Drive area to access transport and recreation."
The $1.2 million contract has been awarded to Bost Pty Ltd and work is expected to be completed by December 2013.