Superintendent Steve Edwards details the tunnel collapse
The major thoroughfare of Parkes Way was blocked after a truck, which was too high, was driven into the tunnel.
One of Canberra’s busiest thoroughfares is still shut down, 24 hours after the partial collapse of the Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way.
The discovery of bonded asbestos tiles in the ripped undercarriage of the bridge forced emergency services to put a one-kilometre exclusion zone in place westbound.
Heavy traffic on Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday evening. Photo: Melissa Adams
While air monitoring has confirmed there are no asbestos fibres in the area, WorkSafe ACT is at the tunnel on Wednesday morning to supervise the removal of asbestos.
A licensed asbestos assessor and removalist is supervising the removal, in consultation with an engineer.
This asbestos must be removed before the excavator can be removed from the tunnel.
The tunnel must be assessed for structural damage before being reopened to traffic.
Westbound lanes on Parkes Way are still closed between Clunies Ross Street and Edinburgh Avenue.
Parkes Way eastbound remains open with a 40 kilometre per hour speed limit. The lights in the tunnel are out as there’s still no power so turn your headlights on and take care.
- Westbound traffic leaving the city is being diverted right onto Coranderrk Street, left onto Cooyong Street, straight onto Barry Drive, left onto Clunies Ross Street, Lady Denman Drive and onto the Tuggeranong Parkway.
- Traffic wanting to turn left from Commonwealth Avenue onto Parkes Way, is being directed straight through to London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue, left onto Barry Drive, left onto Clunies Ross Street, Lady Denman Drive and onto the Tuggeranong Parkway.
ACTION bus services will also continue to be disrupted this morning although school runs are not impacted.
- ACTION’s Route 81 which services the National Zoo and Aquarium, National Arboretum, Black Mountain Tower and the Australian National Botanic Gardens will be diverted via Clunies Ross Street instead of Parkes Way.
- The bus stop at Edinburgh Avenue/Rydges Canberra (#4633) will not be serviced during this time by Routes 81, 718 and 719. The alternative bus stop for Route 81 is at the City bus station, Platform 9. The alternative bus stop for Routes 718 and 719 is at the City West bus station, Platform 1.
For up-to-date information on bus services call the ACTION bus information line on 13 17 10 or monitor ACTION’s Twitter account @ACTIONbuses.
People can seek advice through through Access Canberra on 13 22 81.