William Hovell Drive duplication: The RiotACT

Duplications are a common occurrence in Canberra. Now William Hovell Drive has its turn. This is a “shared story” from The Riot ACT.

Update 14 May 2021 Federal funding in budget

Apart from the Federal Government committing to provide 50% funding, there is very little we know about William Hovell Drive. Core samples have been made as they are required to finalise the design. Fact is though, the design has not been finalised and until it is, there is not much to be said. The design is interesting due to the tight restriction between Kama and The Offset Area below Hawker. See a photo of the cutting below.

William Hovell Drive, Belconnen, Canberra. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
William Hovell Drive, Belconnen, Canberra. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

“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.”

Government to duplicate 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell DriveLachlan Roberts, 19 September 2019 
Cutting, east of the turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Cutting – this area is to be duplicated too. East of the turnoff to the parking area, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen

“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.”

Government to duplicate 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell DriveLachlan Roberts, 19 September 2019 
Not much space on the marked shoulder (no bike lane) on a 90 km/h road, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen
Not much space on the marked shoulder (no bike lane) on a 90 km/h road, William Hovell Drive, Belconnen

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