25 September 2023

Infrastructure action for maturing Molonglo

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The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS) has outlined the road and water infrastructure upgrades currently under way in the Molonglo Valley region as it prepares for the area’s expected future growth.

Acting Director of Capital Works at the Directorate, Jeremy Smith said projects included the reconstruction of the Coppins Crossing Road (to be renamed John Gorton Drive) as a dual carriageway, installing traffic signals at its existing intersection with William Hovell Drive and providing signalised intersections along John Gorton Drive.

“In addition, a new 600 millimetre water main is being constructed from Weetangera Reservoir to supply these new suburban areas,” Mr Smith said.

“The first stage of these works is under way and is expected to be completed in early 2019.”

He said a number of milestones had been achieved since work began in the middle of last year including the construction of the future southbound carriageway of John Gorton Drive.

“Two-way traffic was moved onto this new carriageway in June this year so work could be undertaken on the northbound carriageway. Earthworks and drainage work on the northbound carriageway are complete and road pavement work is now under way,” Mr Smith said.

He said signalisation work at the intersection of the future John Gorton Drive and William Hovell Drive was also under way.

“It was necessary to first construct the southbound carriageway of John Gorton Drive prior to undertaking works at the intersection.”

He said the works required numerous traffic switches to allow the intersection pavement to be reconstructed while maintaining traffic flows.

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