From Saturday 30 May, the new stretch of University Avenue will open, and all traffic entering or leaving the campus via Herring/Waterloo Road will use this new road. Traffic will no longer be able to turn directly onto Research Park Drive from University Avenue, but will instead use the new roundabout to gain access. In addition, to help create a more pedestrianised space at the heart of the campus, Macquarie Drive and Eastern Road will be closed to the general public, and boom gates will be installed to allow access for disabled permit holders and University vehicles when required.
All bus stops will be relocated to University Avenue, and buses will be re-routed along this road.
- 420m of new median divided roadway with three new bus stops
- two new roundabouts and four pedestrian crossings to control speed (30km/hour speed limit)
- new footpaths and landscaping to both sides
- upgraded lighting and signage elements
- median planting with water sensitive urban design (WSUD) elements
- re-configured entries to both Australian Hearing and Gumnut Cottage/Cochlear car parks to include right hand turn lanes from each direction and ‘all turns’ exits
- re-configured driveway to Cochlear’s eastern car park and loading dock.
The first stage of the University Avenue reconstruction began in August 2012 and was completed mid-2013. Stage 2 of the upgrade commenced on Monday 2 June 2014 and will be formally opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales on 5 June 2015.