Molonglo River bridge

This bridge over the Molonglo River will be completed by 2024 as the last section of the John Gorton Drive. The interest in the bridge is ongoing (previously discussed here and here), and the story gets better. The adjacent Butters Bridge was finished in 2016 and now closed due to construction works.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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Coppins Crossing is missing bike lanes and more

Coppins Crossing Road is an example of a popular Canberra road without bike lanes. As today is our unofficial bike lane day, it is worth a closer look. On-road cycle lanes in the ACT are also discussed here.

The Coppins Crossing is a river level crossing on the Molonglo River built to rural road standards and only suitable for low volumes of traffic. As a north-south corridor and part of the Molonglo development, the traffic volumes along Coppins Crossing Road are high.

It will be replaced with a bridge in 2024.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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John Gorton Drive Bridge update

This bridge over the Molonglo River will be completed by 2024 as the last section of the John Gorton Drive. Information about this bridge is found here. The Butters Bridge was finished close-by in 2016 but is currently closed.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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Case study: the problems of Coppins Crossing

Road design has evolved to put great emphasis on road safety. Many of the road safety terms are for design features and considerations that impact on road safety, particularly vulnerable road users.

The Coppins Crossing is a river level crossing on the Molonglo River. The last section of the Coppins Crossing Road is sandwiched between the north and south sections of the John Gorton Drive duplication but the section around the river crossing remains and will be replaced with a bridge in 2024. The bridge is part of the 1.5km John Gorton Drive 3C Extension (JGD3C). The Coppins Crossing Road descends from the north side 36m into the valley to a level crossing and then ascends again to meet up with the south section of the John Gorton Drive.

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The Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool is dated

The Active Travel Infrastructure Practitioner Tool (ATIPT) is essential for the planning of greenfield developments such as the Molonglo Valley. It should be kept up to date but it is currently not. This is concerning as Practitioner Tool contains the cycling corridors (Active Travel Route Alignments) that should be the starting point for estate planning. The Practitioner Tool is out of date compared to the most current estate planning documents, perhaps because it is ignored in the planning process. Canberra.bike includes an introduction and discussion of the Practitioner Tool and here are extracts from the KEY DOCUMENTS.

Key documents – Standards and guideline documents which should be used in the planning and design of active travel facilities. These are listed in Sections 2.2.3 to 2.2.7.”

Active Travel Facilities Design – Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 (MIS05) (ACT Government, April 2019), pages 13-17
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Bridge profile: John Gorton Drive Bridge

This bridge over the Molonglo River will be the last section of the John Gorton Drive to be completed (2024). There is not much information available about this bridge. The bridge required environmental approval for its construction. Further, the bridge is mentioned in the ACT Infrastructure Plan 2019. The following information from those reports.

The most recent update on the John Gorton Drive Bridge is found here from 12 February 2021.

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Molonglo River Reserve cycling summary

The Molonglo River Reserve is a very long reserve that separates the north and south sections of the Molonglo Valley development.

On 16 September 2008, the ACT and Commonwealth Governments commenced a strategic assessment for development areas in Molonglo Valley under Part 10 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act). The long process resulted, eventually, in the Molonglo River Reserve: Reserve Management Plan 2019 (26 July 2019) and lies under the responsibility of the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD).

Molonglo Valley development will give the valley character but is problematic from an urban development perspective. The Molonglo River Reserve: Reserve Management Plan 2019 is very long document and there is much to read and know about active travel. My purpose here in this document is to summary, discuss and quote interesting things relevant to cycling and active travel.

THE RED SECTIONS ARE HEAVILY DEGRADED AND NOW PLANNED FOR RECREATION
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Bridge profile: Butters Bridge

Cost $7.7m, length 242 m and 25 m high over the Molonglo River, it is one of ACT`s tallest and longest bridges.

Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve construction works have closed the Butters Bridge at its north end. Bridge access is possible from the south end (Denman Prospect) just for the view. (Stand 6 February 2021)

More about Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve found here and here.

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