University Avenue reconstruction

University Avenue reconstruction

Aerial view of University Avenue.

Reconstruction of University Avenue - Completed May 2015

One of the seven strategic priorities for Macquarie University going forward is to 'develop a vibrant and sustainable campus, clearly at the centre of a rapidly changing neighbourhood in the international, cosmopolitan city of Sydney.'  In light of this priority an extensive range of road, building and landscape developments were highlighted in the 2014 Campus Master Plan.  One such development has been the decision to reconstruct University Avenue to become the major Campus thoroughfare and remove traffic from the Campus core area, thereby creating a more attractive environment for our students, staff and visitors.

Although a private road, University Avenue carries a significant volume of University and Macquarie Park traffic and its reconstruction is designed to calm traffic.

Major features of the new University Avenue include:

  • A section of road relocated to the east side of University Creek adjacent to Robert Menzies College
  • 420m of new median divided roadway with 3 new bus stops
  • 2 new roundabouts and 4 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-configures 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 was formally opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales on 5 June 2015.

Flow of Traffic

This diagram demonstrates the flow of traffic along University Avenue is now in both directions.  Boom gates are in place for Restricted Access to Macquarie Drive and Eastern Road (Emergency & Service vehicles and Disabled Permits only).  All bus stops have been relocated to University Avenue.

University Avenue Stage 2

 

Campus Maps - Before Reconstruction / After Reconstruction

University Avenue - Before and after reconstruction maps

 

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