Molonglo Valley Stage 3 timeline 2004-2040

This article is a chronological list of the Molonglo Valley Stage 3 development stages and contains the key documents to download. It is mostly for reference purposes.

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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.

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Southwells Crossing: floodplains are wet

We accept that tidal plains are part of the ocean, but not that floodplains are part of the river. we know that anything on the floodplain will be washed away with the next flood. Nomen est omen.

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The next Molonglo River crossing disappears

The Molonglo Valley floods regularly and one of the river level crossings has been washed away – again. This leaves the Molonglo with one less rideable crossing and fully intact cycling path. This might be the first, but it is not likely the last.

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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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The Pinnacle behind Hawker on gravel

The Pinnacle Nature Reserve lies on the hill behind Hawker. It is part of the Canberra Nature Park. A ride around the edge of the reserves along the management trails is about 11 km in length. A good walk but only a short ride. However, other management trails wind across the hill and combined make for a relaxing sunset ride with great views over the Whitlam, Molonglo River and Brindabella Range in the distance.

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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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