Australian Capital Territory, News, Road upgrades

Construction begins on $225 million Molonglo River Bridge project

A 200-metre-long bridge will be built across the Molonglo Nature Reserve in Canberra, together with 1.7 kilometres of new arterial roads leading to the bridge and two new intersections.

Project teams for this project and a future Molonglo Group Centre are working closely to ensure both projects deliver the infrastructure required for the region.

“This critical project provides a long-lasting, safe, smooth and reliable link from the recently developed Molonglo region to the rest of Canberra, not only for regular traffic but for heavy vehicles which the original Coppins Crossing wasn’t designed for,” said Federal Member for Bean David Smith.

The first stage of works to be completed are the enabling works and realignment of the northern approach road to Coppins Crossing.

This is necessary to ensure access for construction vehicles and machinery to the location where the new bridge will be built and to minimise disruption to road users during the construction period.

Construction on the main package of works will begin following this first stage of works with the bridge and road approaches expected to open to traffic by the end of 2025.

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and ACT governments with the total project budget sitting at $225 million.

“This investment isn’t just focused on building a new bridge over the Molonglo River, we are also constructing the lead-in roads and intersections that link in with the new suburb of Molonglo which will be the region’s commercial centre,” said ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel.

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