The Canberra Times is reporting that the final design for the Bowen Street underpass has been release for comment by theNCA. Originally they were looking at a bridge(overpass) and was the preffered option by many respondents to the three designs. The undetrpass was not considered as an option originally but has now been considered as the preferred option as it wont impede on those pesky site lines in the Palimentry triangle.
At last a government agency has taken pedestrians and cyclists seriously for once. The same can't be said for the same agencies response to the Kings Ave overpass which has created poor crossing facilities and infrastructure for
pedestrians and cyclists.
Kings Ave overpass ,cost: $32 million
There is no grade separation for pedestrians and cyclists except for the cyclist riding on an unprotected cycle lane under the bridge. This originally was a three lane roundabout with a high number of accidents so an overpass was a necessary, but it could have been designed better so pedestrians and cyclists are completed separated with grade separation at crossing points.
This intersection in Bogota' shows a different design that keeps the roundabout but with grade separation for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. Certainly a 'win win' solution.