Work Begins to Transform Constitution Avenue

Media Release


28 March 2014

Construction work has now commenced on the $42 million upgrade of Constitution Avenue funded by the Australian Government in celebration of Canberra's centenary.

Today I launched the start of construction works for this important project with ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.

The upgrade of Constitution Avenue is a major Australian Government infrastructure project that will revitalise the road corridor, improve accessibility and create jobs.

In addition to being a major transport corridor in Canberra, Constitution Avenue is also symbolically significant. Kings, Commonwealth and Constitution Avenues form the National Triangle, a core element of the Griffins Plan, and the backbone of the city plan today.

This is another example of the Infrastructure Prime Minister's commitment to building a stronger and more prosperous Australia through well targeted infrastructure investment.

The upgrade, between Vernon Circle and Anzac Parade, will provide major transport, infrastructure and landscape improvements for the community.

Work will be undertaken over the coming months to prepare the site for major construction, including the relocation of underground services, modification to existing car parks and establishment of new access arrangements to some premises along Constitution Avenue.

The preliminary construction activities are expected to take three months after which major construction activity on the avenue can begin. The main construction contract is currently out for tender and will be awarded in the coming weeks.