Bridge plan to connect Molonglo suburbs to Civic cycle path

Ian Bushnell 13 April 2021 24
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The proposed Molonglo to Civic Bridge location and connection to the Civic cycle path at Weston. Images: SLA.

A shared path bridge connecting the growing suburbs of the Molonglo Valley to the Civic cycle path at North Weston is on the drawing board at the Suburban Land Agency.

The proposal is for a bridge to be built near Klos Crossing over the Molonglo River Reserve that would connect to Harold White Avenue in Coombs.

An SLA spokesperson said the proposed connection would shorten the commute time for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between the Molonglo Valley and Civic and improve the Molonglo active travel network.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate has provided the first preliminary designs to the SLA for consideration.

“The next step in this preliminary work is to develop a detailed design for the ACT Government to consider,” the spokesperson said.

The project would cut a considerable amount of time and distance off the Molonglo-Civic run. At present, cyclists have to negotiate busy John Gorton Drive to reach the Civic path.

The SLA is also preparing to begin work in June on extending the shared path network in Coombs.

The North Coombs Pond and Path Connection project will result in the construction of a water quality pond, and the connection of the North Coombs shared path to the John Gorton Drive underpass.

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The North Coombs Pond and Path project will start in June.

The SLA says that with the estate and housing construction in North Wright and Denman Prospect nearly complete, it was time to complete the works to manage stormwater flows from the upstream retention pond and under John Gorton Drive.

“Measurement of these flows has informed the engineering of a final retention pond, which will further improve water quality before flowing into the Molonglo River,” the SLA spokesperson said.

The design of the retention pond incorporates a shared path that will provide immediate connection to the John Gorton underpass and future connection to the Molonglo River Loop Path to the future town centre.

As well as improving water quality, the works will also include the restoration of river reserve habitat, with the removal of blackberry, native plantings and rock armouring to prevent erosion.

The project is expected to be completed around February 2022.

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24 Responses to Bridge plan to connect Molonglo suburbs to Civic cycle path
Yogesh Ranga Yogesh Ranga 7:52 pm 15 Apr 21

Why not connect Gungahlin over the bridge it should be first preference 🙏

Cynthia Coleman Cynthia Coleman 7:09 pm 15 Apr 21

Rodney Turner

Nev Sheather

Tony Melville

Upcoming new ventures.

Wendy Fleisher Wendy Fleisher 8:10 am 15 Apr 21

Simon Fleisher you'll be able to bike to work!

Crystal Innes Crystal Innes 7:41 am 15 Apr 21

Brooke Murphy now you can cycle to work

Josh Russell Josh Russell 12:33 am 15 Apr 21

Nathan Pereira time to buy a bike and ride to work! Woohoo 🚴🏽

Tracy Hutchins Tracy Hutchins 10:29 pm 14 Apr 21

Tina Cox hopefully it’s wide enough that you can put your feet down if you need to stop 😜😜

    Tina Cox Tina Cox 8:38 am 15 Apr 21

    Tracy Hutchins well that would be a sensible design!

Michael Hourigan Michael Hourigan 9:00 pm 14 Apr 21

I hope they build the connection to Coulter Dr first.

Jennifer Horsfield Jennifer Horsfield 7:59 pm 14 Apr 21

Melanie Tacey - tell Holly

Brigid Doherty Brigid Doherty 7:57 pm 14 Apr 21

Meg Lily maybe an easier ride for next time 😂

Darren Sault Darren Sault 7:48 pm 14 Apr 21

Are there any river crossings closer to Denman prospect? Closer to Holbrow Ave?

    Simon Wheaton Simon Wheaton 3:59 am 15 Apr 21

    Darren Sault Holborow Ave will extend East from John Gorton Drive, across the river on a new bridge, to meet with the Tuggeranong Expressway...eventually.

Brittney Vaughan Brittney Vaughan 7:44 pm 14 Apr 21

Hayley Ferris this will be good!

John Canevski John Canevski 6:45 pm 14 Apr 21

Easier and quicker to drive👍

Paul Mathews Paul Mathews 5:22 pm 14 Apr 21

great idea ! Now my neighbours BARKING DOG can get to Civic and BARK there

Karena Knudsen Karena Knudsen 1:30 pm 14 Apr 21

I go through the arboretum atm to Cjvic which is very pleasant but the bridge would help when going to Yarralumla

jessie jessie 1:21 pm 14 Apr 21

The question has to be asked why this path extension and bridge weren’t completed at least two years ago.

Anthony Briscoe Anthony Briscoe 12:27 pm 14 Apr 21

This is a joke when so much infrastructure is left to crumble

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