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Northbound Molonglo River bridge and Fairbairn Avenue traffic switch map

Molonglo River bridge looking east from Morshead Drive (artist impression)
Molonglo River bridge looking east from Morshead Drive (artist impression)

 Northbound Carriageway

Northbound Carriageway of the Molonglo River bridge


Majura Parkway is an 11.5 kilometre dual carriageway road. Once the bridges at the southern end of the Parkway are completed (over the Molonglo River and Fairbairn Avenue) the road will provide a safe and convenient link between the Federal Highway and Monaro Highway. The Majura Parkway, jointly funded by the Australian and ACT governments, is a $288 million investment in the ACT and surrounding region's transport network and is the single largest road infrastructure investment ever made in the ACT.

One of the most prominent features of the Majura Parkway is the Molonglo River bridge, a  twin bridge spanning the Molonglo River and Morshead Drive, adjacent to the existing Sylvia Curley Bridge.

Constructing the bridge

The casting yard – where sections of the box-girder design Bridge 1 are precast before being pushed out incrementally.
The casting yard – where sections of the box-girder design Bridge 1 were precast before being pushed out incrementally.

The pre-cast launch construction method was chosen because it:

  • provides a very high level of safety during construction and operation
  • creates a smaller ecological footprint and less impact upon Molonglo River and the surrounding area
  • minimises the impact on traffic and the community during construction as traffic flows are maintained while the bridge is constructed overhead.
  • creates a streamlined and elegant design
  • provides a cost effective building technique.

Bridge timeline

Preparation work for the bridge started in mid-2013 and included the construction of the southern embankment and the piers for the northbound structure. Both the northbound bridges now span Morshead Drive and the Molonglo River.

For up to date traffic arrangements refer to the Daily Traffic Update Page.

Site safety and traffic

The Majura Parkway project is committed to ensuring the safety of members of the public and workers at all times. A range of measures are used to ensure best practice safety, including: 

  • comprehensive safety design and construction planning
  • development of detailed traffic plans prior to the work to maintain safety for road users
  • continual monitoring of all activities
  • ensuring all safety regulations, guidelines and standards are met and, where possible, exceeded.

The Majura Parkway project works closely with ACT Work Safe and other relevant authorities to maintain safety.

During construction, cars and trucks will continue to have access to the existing road network, including Morshead Drive. The bridge is designed and constructed to allow a 5.3 metre clearance over Morshead Drive which will ensure large trucks and other heavy vehicles will continue to use the road during construction and after the bridge is finished.

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully, follow the instructions of traffic controllers and advisory signs and obey the speed limits through construction area.

More information

For daily construction updates, visit the daily traffic updates page.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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