Missing link in Coombs goes to tender

A 3 m wide path will be built around a pond creating a connection between Roy Corrigan Close, Coombs, and Coaldrake Avenue, Denman Prospect, under John Gorton Drive. The new Evelyn Scott School in Denman Prospect will greatly benefit from this.

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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).

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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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Molonglo Valley: getting it right first time round

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.

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Gravel rides from Denman Prospect

Denman Prospect is a new suburb in the Molonglo Valley and is located close to Stromlo. Canberra.bike features a number of rides starting from Denman Prospect shops:

The Denman Prospect and Pipe Flat route is currently not possible due to the Butters Bridge closure.

Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve construction works have resulted in the closure of the Butters Bridge at its north end. Bridge access is possible from the south just for the view. 🙂

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Denman Prospect and Stromlo West

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 25.7km, a 500m rise, hilly, and with no locked gates. A mountain bike is recommended.

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Denman Prospect base camp

For rides, it is useful to have a base camp. For gravel riding a base camp is suitably remote, has good facilities, gravel roads at the door, a Rapid bus service to get you there, and hopefully a bike shop close by.

Denman Prospect is the first of our chosen base camps. Only the bike shop is missing. Three rides start here: Denman Prospect and Stromlo West, Denman Prospect Forest Loop and Denman Prospect and Pipe Flat.

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Denman Prospect and Pipe Flat

A gravel ride starting at Denman Prospect shops and riding towards the Murrumbidgee River after crossing Butters Bridge. Return along the same route. The ride is a maximum 17km return, 150m rise and mostly flat. Magnificent views of the Molonglo River along the route. Ideal as a family ride.

This ride is currently not possible due to the Butters Bridge closure.

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)

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Denman Prospect Forest loop

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 cafe, supermarket, and toilets. Ride in a clockwise direction for minimum gradients. Mountain bike recommended. Length 8km and 180m rise. Steep descent. The ride is very enjoyable.

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