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NCA says roads will cope with ASIO HQ

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Peter Jean

The National Capital Authority has assured residents near the new ASIO headquarters that local roads will be able to cope with extra traffic when staff move into the building early next year.

But some Campbell residents fear that Constitution Avenue will be turned into ''another Gungahlin Drive'' after the ASIO building is occupied and other sites along the street are developed.

Most staff at the new ASIO building who drive to work will enter the Russell Defence complex through the existing main entrance at the end of Kings Avenue or by turning from Parkes Way on to Anzac Parade and then on to Constitution Avenue.

Mark Anderson, who represents several dozen Campbell residents, said locals had been told the ASIO building would have about 1100 parking spaces.

While many of the staff already worked in the existing ASIO headquarters at Russell, others would be moving to the new building from other sites.

Mr Anderson said Constitution Avenue would not be able to cope with increased traffic.

''We just see Constitution Avenue becoming quite a muddle,'' he said.

Mr Anderson was also concerned about the impact of planned developments for Constitution Drive, including the proposed redevelopment of RSL headquarters and the construction of apartments on a 6.4 hectare greenfields site.

''There's an awful lot of traffic coming into the area and the road isn't being fixed in advance to cope with it,'' he said. ''So we just see it as being another Gungahlin Drive, where people are going to be brought to the area but the infrastructure is not going to be able to cope. Then there will be a hue and cry and then finally someone might do something about it.''

NCA chief planner Andrew Smith said works to improve traffic flow on the Anzac Parade end of Constitution Avenue would be completed well in advance of the ASIO building being progressively occupied from February or March next year.

The improvements included widening the road to three lanes at turning points.

Cars turning right at traffic lights from Anzac Parade to Constitution Avenue would no longer be stopped by a second set of traffic lights after they turned. Mr Smith said the increased traffic would be ''managed to acceptable standards''.

''We know the issues that are going to arise and we're dealing with them now,'' he said.

Mr Smith said the road system could manage the traffic generated by significant amounts of development in Russell or Barton.

''We can comfortably cope with another 500,000 square metres of offices being developed in either Russell or Barton,'' he said.

A report by SMEC Australia for the NCA found that road network changes, including the completion of the ASIO building, would generate a modest increase in traffic entering and exiting Campbell.

10 comments

  • The ASIO HQ rode roughshod over the Canberra community and the Griffin legacy, so its cars can only do likewise.

    Commenter
    Stephen
    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 9:41AM
    • I can't see why ASIO should be given that new building anyway! They have a perfectly good building complex where they are at the moment. And why should they be able to look out the window at the lake all day?

      The Department of Finance should take it over, give it to Penny Wong. No - better still, we need another library, one with up to date journals and more computers..and study rooms...and a cafe for students with window views.

      ASIO don't do any work as it is, and besides, we don't need them because their PM Gillard lets all the asylum seekers into Australia whenever they want to find a boat.

      Sorry ASIO but you guys are way passed your used by date!

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 9:46AM
      • Seriously? Do you have any idea what it is that intelligence communities, such as ASIO or ASIS do for the country and the region? PM Gillard is "everyone's PM" at the moment, whether by choice or not - she is not their PM alone. Government buildings pass their useful status just like homes that are renovated or torn down and replaced. It's got nothing to do with un-earned scenery.

        Commenter
        eljay
        Date and time
        June 26, 2012, 12:55PM
      • Oh plaeeze eljay, they don't do anything, they are a waste of taxpayers money! And you tell me why they should have such an extravagant building? $200 million over budget? Keep them where they are.

        And further more, you can class Gillard as your PM, but I don't even class her as a politician not alone a PM. That is a position she took from Rudd.

        You sound like a self-serving intelligence worker, so why don't you go back to work.

        Commenter
        Sharron
        Date and time
        June 26, 2012, 2:02PM
      • I am not an intelligence worker at all, but I am a Defence veteran and therefore have some knowledge of, and appreciate what the intelligence community brings - and that's from a state of being informed by prior association. Sounds like you have no clue - and that is because they don't advertise for obvious (to everyone but you) reasons. You on the other hand do sound like a self-serving Dept of Finance worker... Julia is everyone in this country's PM at the moment - fact - no matter what you think... Back to your bean-counting

        Commenter
        eljay
        Date and time
        June 27, 2012, 9:30AM
    • I think the new building should be handed over as a contemporary art museum, like the Tate Modern in London, with slides and interactive art pieces.

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 11:02AM
      • Of course if we had decent public transport there would be no extra road traffic and the ASIO building would probably only need 100 parking spaces instead of 1100.

        Commenter
        Meanwhile
        Location
        in the real world
        Date and time
        June 26, 2012, 11:34AM
        • It's not as if ASIO to ever likely to take ACTION.

          Commenter
          JCarroway
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          June 26, 2012, 3:18PM
      • They neglected the mention the traffic modelling was done based on one day. In November. Last year. And that is what is being used to estimate the traffic. Anyone who drives through Campbell and Russell can see the traffic build up, can see the countless examples of illegally parking that clog the roads and create daily "near misses".

        I would love to see this study done again. Now. Over a week period (obviously not in school holidays). Already traffic has learnt the round-about ways of getting around the current lock ups. I think the modelling would show something very different. But of course, the NCA wouldn't want that. As it wouldn't fit into the whole "we can build a massive new building on a small street and it won't change a thing" vibe they are pushing.

        NCA and ACT Government have something in common. They both define "consultation" as the process by which you continually tell people what is going to happen without taking into consideration legitimate concerns. They don't care about the community. They really don't. They care about money.

        If they didn't, why can't I build a fence out the from of my house without sending in a million letters to ACTPLA and begging my neighbours not to knock it back - BUT approval can be given to monstrous buildings or to "knock down rebuilders". Honestly.

        Commenter
        Not fooled
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        June 26, 2012, 12:52PM
        • The NCA base traffic modelling on inadequate estimations, approve 25 metre buildings adjacent to a quiet residential area and overshadowing war memorials, consider that adding the traffic from 1800 ASIO workers and approaching 1000 new apartments in a 100 meter stretch is not going to impact the suburb, insist they are consulting with the public when intended actions are taken even before the consultation is closed. Only the NCA can see as 'reasonable' the requirement tht through traffic give way to traffic coming from a dead end street carpark. Perhaps the NCA will face Canberra's first 'Corporate Manslaughter' charges when the accidents from too much traffic travelling inadequate infrastructure and residential streets begin to occur.

          Commenter
          lyndeelu
          Location
          Campbell
          Date and time
          June 26, 2012, 11:44PM
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