By Ian Bushnell – 10 July 2017, The Riot Act
Work has begun on infrastructure to accommodate future land releases in the Molonglo Valley, with the duplication of a section of Coppins Crossing Road underway. The $33 million project is the first stage of infrastructure for Molonglo Stage 3 and also includes a new 600mm water main.
Nine hundred metres of the Coppins Crossing Road south from William Hovell Drive towards the Molonglo Valley will be duplicated. Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the newly duplicated section of road would be renamed to become the northern end of John Gorton Drive.
The road works will also include an upgrade to the intersection with William Hovell Drive. The Minister said the Government was also investigating procurement and delivery options for the remaining section of John Gorton Drive, including a bridge across the Molonglo River.
This final section of transport infrastructure will complete the north-south arterial road network in the Molonglo Valley. “Along with the duplication of Cotter Road, which is well under way, this work goes a long way to providing current and future residents of Molonglo with dual carriageway road from William Hovell Drive through to Adelaide Avenue,” Ms Fitzharris said.
PS The first land releases in the new suburb of Whitlam are scheduled for 2018-19. Whitlam will occupy the area west of Coppins Crossing Road, bounded by the Molonglo River, Kama Nature Reserve and William Hovell Drive.