Government to duplicate 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell Drive

Lachlan Roberts 18 September 2019 86
William Hovell Drive

William Hovell Drive between Drake Brockman Drive and John Gorton Drive is set to be duplicated. Photo: Ozroads.

The ACT Government has released a tender to duplicate 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell Drive to improve commute times as new suburbs are developed in the Molonglo Valley and West Belconnen.

The section of William Hovell Drive between Drake Brockman Drive and John Gorton Drive, previously named Coppins Crossing Road, is the latest stage to be duplicated, with on-road cycle lanes and an off-road shared path expected to be part of the upgrades.

The tender said that section of William Hovell Drive is often congested during the AM and PM peak traffic times, and the congestion will only increase as the Molonglo Valley, the estate of Ginninderry, and the new suburbs of Strathnairn and Macnamara continue to develop and generate traffic.

The upgrade must remain within the existing road reserve as the important nature conservation areas of the Pinnacle Nature Reserve and Kama Nature Reserve that lie to the north and south of the road must not be encroached upon, the tender said.

The project may also incorporate ecological corridors between the two nature reserve areas into the design, as well as roadside parking.

The tender also recommended a traffic study to determine the capacity of the existing Drake Brockman Drive roundabout and whether a signalised intersection should replace the roundabout.

With more than 20,000 vehicles using William Hovell Drive every day, ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel said there is a clear need to improve commute times as new suburbs are developed in the Molonglo Valley and West Belconnen.

“We are providing significant investment into road and cycling upgrades to ease congestion, and keep Canberrans safe and moving around our city efficiently,” Mr Steel said.

“Canberra is growing and we’re committed to investing in our road network whilst also improving cycling, walking and public transport infrastructure, ensuring that Canberrans have a choice in how they commute and move around our city.”

Detailed designs will also be prepared in coming months to upgrade Morisset Road in Mitchell to support future development in the area. Morisset Road is currently 1.25 kilometres long and built to rural road standards, meaning it is only suitable for low volumes of traffic.

Mr Steel said the government is investigating upgrading the existing road to meet current design standards, extending it by 1.2 kilometres to the Antill Street/Federal Highway intersection and providing stormwater infrastructure on Sullivan’s Creek to reduce flooding incidents.

He said providing a link directly to the Federal Highway along Morisset Road will divert heavy vehicle traffic away from Flemington Road which will improve the safety of all road users.

The works will also include paths for pedestrians and cyclists directly to the future light rail stop in Mitchell.

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75 Responses to Government to duplicate 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell Drive
Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 7:46 am 23 Sep 19

The "moving the traffic jams to somewhere else" policy announcements always appear in the lead up to the next election

Lauren Walker Lauren Walker 9:39 pm 22 Sep 19

So we’re pushing more traffic onto Parkes Way, which is already a parking lot heading to the City in the morning.. BUT we’re not doing anything at the City end of Parkes Way where the actual problem is, we’ll fix 4kms of road near Holt.. Genius 🤦🏼‍♀️

Peter Ellis Peter Ellis 10:49 pm 21 Sep 19

While they are at it, how about turnout lane(s) from Drake-brockman Dr eastbound into William Howell Dr northbound? And, a slip lane northbound at the Belconnen Way corner, plus a slip lane southbound into Belco, and westbound into WH Dr.

Christopher Mawbey Christopher Mawbey 5:25 am 20 Sep 19

That's a long article about re painting Lines a road

David Jackson David Jackson 8:46 pm 19 Sep 19

Gréât idea? Once again let’s forget about Tuggeranong. The Ashley drive supposed duplication was stuffed up at Richardson with a single lane. Take Monaro highway and drake ford drive out and every other road in Tuggeranong is single lane.

About time Tuggeranong leaves the act and looks after itself. We get absolutely nothing for our rates contribution.

    Karl Edmondson Karl Edmondson 9:14 pm 21 Sep 19

    David Jackson start a Tug-xit campaign! The Hyperdome can hold your council meetings and the lake can be your drinking water.

Daniel Howell Daniel Howell 6:59 pm 19 Sep 19

Could think of way better roads that need it in Canberra

Toshy Roy Toshy Roy 6:54 pm 19 Sep 19

Well just look how long it's taken to go the Cooper crossing upgrade i would say 4 years

Toshy Roy Toshy Roy 6:51 pm 19 Sep 19

About 40 years over due

Wade Bermingham Wade Bermingham 5:17 pm 19 Sep 19

ACT is expanding pretty fast and getting more dense in the middle they'll need to do this harder and faster than they are

Pete Black Pete Black 3:38 pm 19 Sep 19

How about a 2 way cycle lane with a pedestrian lane on the side🤔

Katie Irving Katie Irving 2:59 pm 19 Sep 19

Ev Schneider ... more roadworks!

Michael Thomas Michael Thomas 2:17 pm 19 Sep 19

How many years will this take??

Peter Mackay Peter Mackay 2:03 pm 19 Sep 19

Sounds good to me. That bit of road gets a lot of traffic. Should have been done thirty years ago.

Not sure about the bike lane, though. It’s a tough climb.

Briar Caldwell Briar Caldwell 2:03 pm 19 Sep 19

Peter - how long do you reckon that will mess with traffic for?

    Peter Caldwell Peter Caldwell 2:06 pm 19 Sep 19

    Briar Caldwell will take ages but long term will be awesome.

Donna Morton Donna Morton 1:25 pm 19 Sep 19

Darren. Perfect. Can't wait to drive through a construction zone every day lol I'm moving to Gungahlin

    Darren Carson Darren Carson 1:29 pm 19 Sep 19

    Donna Morton so I’ll call the removals for you ?

Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 12:53 pm 19 Sep 19

On road cycle lanes and off road shared path? Not both I hope.

    James Forge James Forge 12:58 pm 19 Sep 19

    Much more logical to make a cycle path near to it, return the road to a 100 zone as it once was and ban any vehicle not capable of doing at least 70 from using the road between 7AM and 7PM.

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 1:05 pm 19 Sep 19

    James Forge the ACT government ban something for safety reasons and common sense? Surely you jest.

    James Forge James Forge 1:07 pm 19 Sep 19

    The cycling lobby is just a little too strong in the ACT and want to put their members at risk by demanding their right to cycle ON a road instead of using the viable and safer alternative WHERE available.

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 1:18 pm 19 Sep 19

    James Forge yep. Welcome to Canberra, where you too can have your daily life dictated by 1.5% of the population

    Jason Roberts Jason Roberts 1:38 pm 19 Sep 19

    Great idea........Let’s mix pedestrians with traffic or 60kph cyclists downhill. 🤦‍♂️

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 1:46 pm 19 Sep 19

    I'd rather see the money spent on improving the cycle way between Weston and Casurina mean Cotter Road.

    James Forge James Forge 3:00 pm 19 Sep 19

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Why? It's great to drive down that road on the wrong side dodging oncoming traffic.

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 3:05 pm 19 Sep 19

    James Forge barreling straight into a large group of cyclists could be fun, but unfortunately it would scratch the paint on my car.

Shane Richards Shane Richards 12:35 pm 19 Sep 19

How about duplicating the last part of Athllon drive between Kambah and Wanniassa....oh that's right it's Southside...can't spend much down there...

    Shane Richards Shane Richards 7:12 pm 19 Sep 19

    Andrew Brien like thats ever going to happen...i highly doubt it will ever make it past the lake.

Lucas Atmanagara Lucas Atmanagara 12:04 pm 19 Sep 19

Obviously not heard of Induced Demand. That money would be better spent on public transport.

Mat Barber Mat Barber 11:58 am 19 Sep 19

John now you will have an additional lane to get stuck in a storm iwith Andrea whilst you're wearing a turtle neck

Jane Delaney Jane Delaney 11:46 am 19 Sep 19

Why on-road cycle lanes and shared pedestrian/cycle paths? Why not separate cars from bikes and bikes from pedestrians? It would improve everyone's safety.

    Matthew Beale Matthew Beale 12:24 pm 19 Sep 19

    Jane, it comes down to the speeds used on both paths.

    A cycle group, be it 10 or 40 strong, would not be advised on a shared path including walkers, slower riders and animals.

    I understand the want to separate bikes and cars, but to not allow bikes on on-road paths would cause more to drive and add to congestion currently (be it Canberra congestion for 15 minutes of a morning)

    Ryan Daniel Ryan Daniel 12:39 pm 19 Sep 19

    Matthew Beale so ideally a road for cars, a separated bike path, and another walking path I guess. But of the 2 speed differentials, which is greatest? That could be the deciding factor for where to split it into 2.

    Jane Delaney Jane Delaney 12:51 pm 19 Sep 19

    Matthew Beale I think you misunderstood me. I don't think pedestrians should share with cyclists.

    Cars, bikes and pedestrians should all have their own space, and I don't understand why separated, designated cycle paths are not included when roads are redesigned.

    I will not ride a bike on the road due to safety considerations, and placing pedestrians in the path of speeding cyclists is also potentially fraught with danger.

    Why not just give everyone their own space?

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt Steve Quasi Hoppitt 12:55 pm 19 Sep 19

    Jane Delaney if the cycle lane is not on the road they won't use it :)

    Jason Roberts Jason Roberts 1:45 pm 19 Sep 19

    Jane Delaney this is a high speed downhill section of road. There is already a cycle lane that allows for cycles speeds of 60kph. You do not want pedestrians mixing with cyclists at that speed. There is also currently no pedestrian access from the Kama nature reserve/Molongolo River.

    A shared path and an on road cycle lane in absolutely needed.

    Jason Roberts Jason Roberts 1:48 pm 19 Sep 19

    Steve Quasi Hoppitt would you drive on a 60kph road if you knew there would be pedestrians at any moment. You are complaining about a problem that doesn’t exist. Cyclists already ride the cycle lane on William Hovel straight past the traffic every day

    Matthew Beale Matthew Beale 5:53 pm 19 Sep 19



    1) Speed difference may be more or less between bike and car or walker. Bikes do anywhere between 10-70km/h.

    2) The on road has their own lane for a cyclist vs. Shared path is the same lane.

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