canberra.bike has previously reported on the enabling works in Molonglo 3 East, specifically, the intention to lay the 132 kV powerline underground around the edge of the future urban area. The works have begun on the edge of National Arboretum which will result in the closure of paths.
What is the scope of the works in the National Arboretum.
The underground electrical transmission line project will provide a positive community benefit, with the removal of unsightly infrastructure from the landscape and a better urban Molonglo outcome. Boundary Road at the Arboretum will be sealed enabling a more accessible road for the public.132 KV Powerline Relocation Project, Suburban Land Agency, accessed 21 April 2022.
Affected areas of the National Arboretum
Affected areas for this work will impact public access points within the National Arboretum and adjacent reserve areas. Portions of access trails including Boundary Road will be closed to allow these works to be delivered safely. These closures will be minimised and alternative routes will be provided where practical.132 KV Powerline Relocation Project, Suburban Land Agency, accessed 21 April 2022.
The new substation on the corner of Coulter and William Hovell Drive is part of the works.
Evoenergy are currently constructing a new substation near the intersection of William Hovell Drive and Coulter Drive. The 132kV Powerline Relocation Project was designed to accommodate the future substation at this location, however the projects are being delivered separately. Further information is available from Evoenergy here.132 KV Powerline Relocation Project, Suburban Land Agency, accessed 21 April 2022.