The Australian and ACT governments are building Canberra’s largest-ever bridge project, with a contract issued for constructing the Molonglo River Bridge.
The $172 million contract involves the construction of a 227.5 metre-long steel girder bridge, 1.7 kilometres of new arterial roads and five new intersections.
A critical missing link for an arterial road network, the bridge will better connect the growing suburbs of Molonglo and West Belconnen to the rest of Canberra. It will also remove issues associated with the existing alignment, including narrow roadways and steep gradients, making the area subject to closure during flooding.
The completion of this project will transform the region and better connect the growing suburbs of Molonglo and West Belconnen to the rest of Canberra.
In addition to the 227.5 metre-long bridge crossing the region’s largest river, 1.7 kilometres of new arterial roads leading to the bridge and five new intersections will be built, providing access to the proposed Molonglo Group Centre from Whitlam and future northern suburbs.
Public transport has also been an important consideration, with the upgrade capable of supporting a future light rail connection. Two new bus stops and a southbound queue jump bus lane (on the northern side of the bridge) will be built to support better public transport access.
“The Australian Government understands the importance of investing in infrastructure that supports growing populations, reduces congestion and improves travel times,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“This project will provide a major economic stimulus to the Canberra region, including supporting an estimated 560 jobs during the detailed design and construction phases,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“Projects like this are important to not only keep Canberrans employed and businesses running, but also to provide the community with better infrastructure and safer roads long into the future,” says Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.
“As our population grows, we’re building the right infrastructure our growing city needs, across road, rail and active travel projects, to make sure the Canberra of the 2030s stays one of the world’s most liveable cities,” says ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.
“The new bridge will provide a reliable connection for Canberrans in both directions to the City, Belconnen, Weston Creek and Woden and pave the way for expanded rapid bus routes,” says ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.
“Molonglo residents have been very vocal in their support of this project, and with heavy rainfall over the last several years repeatedly flooding Coppins Crossing, we understand why,” says ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.
“This is one of our city’s largest ever bridge projects, and I know the Molonglo community will be excited to see this next milestone reached and looking forward to construction getting underway as soon as possible,” says ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.
The project also includes important active travel links with off-road shared paths and on-road cycle lanes to encourage more Canberrans to get on a bike to their destination.
The new bridge will be integrated with the future Molonglo Commercial Centre, and we are working closely to ensure both projects deliver the infrastructure this region needs.
Detailed design will start shortly and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Construction will then start on the bridge and road approaches, which are expected to open to traffic around the end of 2025.
This project is jointly funded by the Australian and ACT governments on a 50:50 basis, and the contract awarded is worth $172.7 million.
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