While the John Gorton Drive Bridge is well known by now, another river crossing has barely been mentioned. Minister Steel’s presentation last night at the Molonglo Valley Community Forum shed a little light on the subject.
The Molonglo River Reserve Management Plan discourages the construction of crossings across the reserve. Only a few are planned.
Three (3) low level river crossings and three (3) high level bridges are expected. That is all. The low level crossing are Southwells Crossing, Clos Crossing and Coppins Crossing. The high level bridge crossing are Butters Bridge, John Gorton Drive bridge (2025), East West Arterial bridge (2030s).
The east-west arterial road bridge will be built between John Gorton Drive bridge and the existing Tuggeranong Parkway bridge. It provides a crossing between the Molonglo Valley Stage 1 and 2 south of the river and Molonglo Stage 3 to the north. Molonglo Stage 3 has not even started, and it is easy to forget three suburbs will be built there. The suburb on the south side of the east-west arterial road bridge will be Molonglo with the new group centre.
The details of Molonglo Stage 3 are sketchy, but some detail is provided by the Molonglo 3 Stage 2 Proof of Concept Report. This report from 2019 is already a little dated, but we could find nothing more recent.
The Molonglo Valley Community Forum presentation from Minister Steel can be downloaded below.