Considering the Territory Plan is a statutory document and the rule book for development in the ACT, one would expect the information contained in it is correct. Unfortunately, our trust in the Territory Plan is misplaced. The Territory Plan is often outdated and misleading.
The Molonglo Valley is not flat and that is well known but it does cause problems. In Molonglo 3, on the north of the river, the gradients can be a challenge.
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.
Riding along Pipe Flat through the Molonglo Valley is a great ride. It is relatively flat and very scenic. It has become more difficult to pass the building sites at Whitlam and Namarag. Care is required on Coppins Crossing Road.
The west crossing of the Molonglo River is a hotspot where it all comes together. Many decisions need to be made around this strategic hotspot where Molonglo north and south meets Molonglo east and west, and the river is between.
The planning for the John Gorton Drive Bridge has come out of the shadows. The funding promised at the ACT Election has been announced and the development application documents released. The construction costs will be about $177 million with an opening expected in 2025.
The inability to shift transport investment away from roads is a concern. We cannot build our way out of congestion. We cannot break this cycle despite all the evidence to the contrary. The transport investment in 2020 has not changed. Most of the money will be spent on roads.
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.
This bridge over the Molonglo River will be completed by 2025 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 Murrumbidgee River Corridor is a Canberra highlight. Woodstock Nature Reserve and Shepherd Lookout, with a magnificent sunset view of the river. In easy reach of Belconnen, this should not be missed.