Evolution of the Molonglo Valley

The Molonglo Valley is not flat and that has been well known – and it does cause problems. In Molonglo 3, on the north of the river, the gradients can be a challenge.

Continue reading “Evolution of the Molonglo Valley”

Transport projects in the Molonglo Valley

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.

Continue reading “Transport projects in the Molonglo Valley”

National Arboretum to World’s End

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. 

Continue reading “National Arboretum to World’s End”

John Gorton Drive Bridge 2021 update

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 have been released. The construction costs will be about $177 million (June 2020 estimate).

Continue reading “John Gorton Drive Bridge 2021 update”

This old dog only knows one trick

We cannot build our way out of congestion. Why is it so hard to 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.

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Abraham Maslow
Continue reading “This old dog only knows one trick”

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.

Continue reading “Coppins Crossing is missing bike lanes and more”

Obstacles: Stromlo to the National Arboretum

Due to the Butters Bridge closure, crossing the river by gravel is only possible at Clos Crossing.

Continue reading “Obstacles: Stromlo to the National Arboretum”