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.
Four (4) low level river crossing and three (3) high level bridges are expected. That is all. The low level crossing include: Southwells Crossing, Clos Crossing and Coppins Crossing. The high level bridge crossing include: Butters Bridge, John Gorton Drive bridge (2025), “east-west arterial road” bridge (2030s) and Tuggeranong Parkway bridge.
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.