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At long last the Molonglo Reach bike path to be restored

By johnboy - 9 July 2013 7

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Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister the first time when idiots removed the trees on Molonglo Reach and were then surprised by the shifting river devouring the infrastructure.

Happily TAMS can now report that after all these long years they’re going to put the bike path back:

Work has commenced on the installation of the new Molonglo Reach pedestrian bridge, Territory and Municipal Services announced today.

“The Molonglo Reach pedestrian bridge will replace the shared path damaged by floods in March 2012 and will involve using the surplus bridge from Belconnen Westfield,” said Ben McHugh, Senior Manager, Major Capital Works, Roads ACT.

“The bridge, which previously connected the Belconnen Mall and Lathlain Street and was known locally as the ‘red bridge’, will be painted grey to blend into the landscaping.

“The bridge option is necessary due to the poor soil conditions along the river edge which make the replacement of the path difficult.

“Work has recently commenced and should be complete by December 2013.

“Morshead Drive will remain open throughout the works, however it will be closed over one weekend late in 2013 while the bridge is lowered into place. Alternative routes will be provided during the closure.

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At long last the Molonglo Reach bike path to be restored
switch 6:06 pm 09 Jul 13

Terra said :

I cant help but wonder if there is a secret stash of all the old ACT hardware and assorted stuff somewhere?

It’s all sitting on the bottom of LBG.

Holden Caulfield 1:37 pm 09 Jul 13

I remember when the red bridge was new.

I see a grey bridge and I want to paint it red! 😛

Terra 12:13 pm 09 Jul 13

So glad that silly little “icon” will get another gig. And the kids are over the moon. They miss their favourite meeting place. How many countless Belco parents have dropped their teenagers off at “the Red Bridge” over they years.

I cant help but wonder if there is a secret stash of all the old ACT hardware and assorted stuff somewhere? Wouldn’t that be a time capsule and a half!

KB1971 12:09 pm 09 Jul 13

There has been a bit of action there for a while. The 60 zone has been extended and there have been some portable buildings put onsite for the workers.

A while ago they were doing core drilling on the site, I dare say the delay has been trying to work out what to do with it as I would say its not that simple. My guess is they will have to re-inforce the bank with a wall as there is nothing to stop it washing out again & the road falling into the drink.

Its not just a simple case of chucking the bridge in there.

Snave81 11:57 am 09 Jul 13

Maybe TAMS could get around to also updating their FAQ on the bike path project, http://www.tams.act.gov.au/about-us/community_engagement/recent_consultations/molonglo_reach_pedestrian_bridge , that still says it was due for completion in February 2013 or do we just know to add 6 plus months on to any timeframe TAMS says or any works.

p1 11:15 am 09 Jul 13

tim_c said :

…was known locally as the ‘red bridge’, will be painted grey to blend into the landscaping…

When are they going to put the final top coat on that bright orange bridge in Kambah (over Drakeford Dr)?

…and how quickly will the grey paint take to fall off and make the Red Bridge red again?

tim_c 10:39 am 09 Jul 13

…was known locally as the ‘red bridge’, will be painted grey to blend into the landscaping…

When are they going to put the final top coat on that bright orange bridge in Kambah (over Drakeford Dr)?

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