Project status: Open

How to have YourSay

Detailed design work is underway to duplicate the final 4.5 kilometre unduplicated section of William Hovell Drive between Drake-Brockman Drive and John Gorton Drive.

A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Development Application (DA 202138722) were submitted in July 2021 with public notifications open until 30 September 2021. We are now undertaking additional consultation on this project.

You can provide feedback by:

  • completing a survey
  • attending the pop up at Kippax Group Centre
  • emailing us at communityengagement@act.gov.au

Feedback closes 11.59pm Sunday 19 December 2021.

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The William Hovell Drive upgrade will support the growing regions of Molonglo Valley and West Belconnen including the new suburbs of Strathnairn and Macnamara. More than 20,000 vehicles per day travel on this section of road and this will increase as the area continues to develop. This project will improve safety for all road users with on-road cycle lanes and an off-road shared path included in the design.

Key features

  • Duplication of 4.5 kilometres of William Hovell Drive to complete its duplication from the Glenloch Interchange through to Drake-Brockman Drive.
  • A new nearly seven-kilometre, three-metre wide asphalt off-road shared path along William Hovell Drive between Drake-Brockman Drive and Bindubi Street.
  • On-road cycle lanes in both directions.
  • A new signalised intersection of Drake-Brockman Drive/Kingsford Smith Drive and William Hovell Drive.
  • Formalising access into the Old Weetangera Cemetery.
  • Improving and enhancing the Bicentennial National Trail underpass and approaches.
  • Construction of nine architecturally designed retaining walls ensuring works remain within the road reserve and limit impacts on sensitive environmental areas.

The design for the William Hovell Drive upgrade has been through internal stakeholder engagement including with the Office of the Conservator of Flora and Fauna and Parks and Conservation Service. Many of the design elements reflect these conversations (such as removing access to the Kama and Pinnacle nature reserves from William Hovell Drive).

Following feedback during the draft EIS and DA phases, we understand there are concerns from the local community about the alignment of the shared path adjacent to Hawker. Whilst we have presented the preferred alignment for feedback, we are investigating ways to improve the alignment through the green space and the interaction with the off-leash dog walking area.

The community is invited to comment on the design, including the location of the shared path and the use of the green space adjacent to Hawker. You can provide your feedback on this in the survey. All feedback will be taken on board and shared with the relevant stakeholders as we finalise the design.

We will use your views to

Your feedback will be used to help us finalise the design ahead of submitting the EIS and DA documentation.