Molonglo has only 5000 residents currently and the traffic chaos might lead us to think it cannot get much worse. Molonglo is at the beginning of a rapid growth spurt and for the next decade the congestion will grow rapidly.
The Molonglo Valley appears a sea of green but has been carved in regions with quite different futures: getting the bigger picture of Denman North, the new section of the Denman Prospect estate and the surrounds.
At the first meeting of the Molonglo Valley Community Forum, the politicians there were not yet particularly influential, but they were at least interested. Most politicians have little knowledge of what is planned for new estates, so it was fortunate that mandarins turned up, too.
The bike path through Coombs along the Molonglo River still has gaps but another soon will be closed. The new Evelyn Scott School in Denman Prospect will greatly benefit from this. A 3 m wide path between Roy Corrigan Close, Coombs, and Coaldrake Avenue, Denman Prospect, under John Gorton Drive.
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 John Gorton Drive Bridge will be the first bridge completed in the Molonglo Valley. The pedestrian bridge, Butters Bridge, was finished in 2016 and now closed due to construction works. The third bridge is at least ten years off
The Molonglo Valley is currently under construction and the cycling infrastructure is poor. If we wait until a suburb is finished then the problem will be with us for decades. This is what is happening now in the Molonglo Valley estate development.
Riding the western slopes of Mount Stromlo. A gravel ride from Denman Prospect shops, to Stromlo Forest and across its western slopes. The route winds its way over hills and across creeks, with uninterrupted views of the Murrumbidgee Valley and the Brindabella Range. The ride is 25.7 km, a 500 m rise, hilly, and with no locked gates. A mountain bike is recommended.
Views of Denman Prospect and the Molonglo Valley. Gravel ride through the forest to a hilltop for great views and down to the Molonglo River again. The route starts and ends at the Denman Prospect R10 bus stop. Find at the shops a café, supermarket, and toilets. Ride in a clockwise direction for minimum gradients. Mountain bike recommended. Length 8 km and 180 m rise. Steep descent. The ride is very enjoyable.