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The Belco Red Bridge to be reborn on Molonglo Reach

By johnboy - 7 March 2012 37

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Territory and Municipal Services have the fascinating news that the iconic warehoused Belconnen “Red Bridge” is going to ride to the rescue of the Molonglo Reach bike path.

“Flooding arising from the heavy rain last week again damaged the interim pathway along Molonglo Reach, east of the Clare Holland House (ACT Hospice) which was restored for pedestrian use after flooding in December 2010. The ACT Government is investigating interim transit arrangements while pursuing a permanent solution for the pathway,” Mr Gill said.

“A study has been undertaken which has identified a preferred solution for the pathway. The proposed solution utilises the surplus pedestrian bridge from Belconnen Westfield to span the failed pavement. The bridge option is necessary due to the poor soil conditions along the river edge which make the replacement of the path difficult.

“The bridge, which previously connected the Belconnen Mall and Lathlain Street and was known locally as the ‘red bridge’, is intended to be painted grey and landscaping work undertaken to ensure the visual impact is minimised.

“Environmental considerations have also been taken into account, with the proposed construction methodology and program chosen to ensure that nearby platypus burrows remain undisturbed.”

During construction, all cyclist and pedestrian traffic will be diverted to a two-way protected path along Morshead Drive for approximately 270 metres. This path will be separated from westbound traffic on Morshead Drive by a concrete barrier. Due to the recent pathway damage it is anticipated that this detour will be introduced ahead of schedule.

Is there nothing that bridge can’t do?

Here’s an artists impression of what it will look like:

molonglo

Sadly there’s a consultation process which sadly runs to 13 April instead of just cracking on with it.

What’s Your opinion?


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37 Responses to
The Belco Red Bridge to be reborn on Molonglo Reach
EvanJames 12:17 pm 07 Mar 12

A bit of lateral thinking there from some bloke, well done.

But what are they going to do about the clear undermining of the road wall? It won’t take much to have that collapsing, and losing the use of Moreshead Drive is unthinkable, that is one busy road, day and night.

poetix 12:03 pm 07 Mar 12

p1 said :

But they can’t repaint the red bridge. It is called the red bridge for a reason.

Was it designed by a Mr Red?

jase! 11:38 am 07 Mar 12

it will have to be known as “the bridge formerly known as red” or they will have to make it’s name an weird symbol

mirage3 11:31 am 07 Mar 12

Great solution.

dungfungus 11:15 am 07 Mar 12

Just some more trivia about this bridge, that being it was fabricated in Tamworth and transported to Canberra by road about 40 years ago.

JessP 11:12 am 07 Mar 12

damien haas said :

Visual impact ?

I see a frickin great road, a stone wall and an asphalt path.

There is no logical reason to paint it grey.

It is a well known fact that the Canberra platypus is offended by the colour red. Religious reasons I understand. Grey is an acceptable colour.

p1 10:39 am 07 Mar 12

jsm2090 said :

p1 said :

Not much of an artist, they have got the colour wrong.

If you read it, it says they will be painting the bridge grey.

Unless of course you’re referring to the colour of the water, as the artist hasn’t quite captured the Molonglo Effluent Brown’ of the lake in its current state….

But they can’t repaint the red bridge. It is called the red bridge for a reason.

qedbynature 10:36 am 07 Mar 12

just do it!

Felix the Cat 10:33 am 07 Mar 12

Should leave it red as a reminder that it once belonged at Belconnen Mall. Good idea to have a bridge though, rather than another bike path that will again wash away with the next storm.

dpm 10:31 am 07 Mar 12

Awesome! That should appease (almost) everyone.
I wonder if they need to some remediation work to shore up underneath the rock wall though. Looks like it’s going to eventually be eroded away if they don’t?

Thumper 10:30 am 07 Mar 12

I don’t know why they are even thinking about consulting with this.

It’s a complete no brainer.

Great idea. Just do it.

damien haas 10:26 am 07 Mar 12

Visual impact ?

I see a frickin great road, a stone wall and an asphalt path.

There is no logical reason to paint it grey.

jsm2090 10:24 am 07 Mar 12

p1 said :

Not much of an artist, they have got the colour wrong.

If you read it, it says they will be painting the bridge grey.

Unless of course you’re referring to the colour of the water, as the artist hasn’t quite captured the Molonglo Effluent Brown’ of the lake in its current state….

Thumper 10:19 am 07 Mar 12

That’s taking recycling to the nth degree 🙂

p1 10:17 am 07 Mar 12

Not much of an artist, they have got the colour wrong.

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