13 April 2021

Bridge plan to connect Molonglo suburbs to Civic cycle path

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

fridgemagnet2:03 pm 14 Apr 21

Absolutely. It is a massive oversight.

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