60,000 cubic metres of soil to be trucked through Canberra CBD to raise London Circuit for light railPosted by On

artist impression of light rail stage 2A

London Circuit needs to be raised to meet Commonwealth Avenue as part of stage 2A of the light rail project. Photo: Artist’s impression, ACT Government.

The route from Barton to the city centre is about to become more congested, with large trucks hauling 60,000 cubic metres of dirt for stage 2A of the light rail project.

From this Monday (15 May), about 40 extra trucks per day will travel along designated heavy haulage routes on Parkes Way, Coranderrk Street, Constitution Avenue and Edinburgh Avenue to deliver soil to help raise London Circuit.

Transport Minister Chris Steel said it marked a “significant ramp up” of the project.

“We always expected the most significant period of disruption would be around the middle of this year as we see the first truck movements happening and the soil brought in,” he said.

“We’re going to see more trucks moving through the CBD, so this is another reminder to Canberrans to think about how they move around the city.”

The trucks will be on the road between 7 am and 5 pm every weekday and between 7 am and 1 pm on Saturdays. Each one has a maximum capacity of 42 tonnes, and transport will take place until the end of the year.

Mr Steel said modelling had originally been based on only one lane being able to stay open in each direction along Commonwealth Avenue, but they had worked with the contractor to make sure two lanes could remain open through to the city.

“[This] will hopefully minimise the level of disruption…

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