23 November 2023

$5.5m project to revamp Wagga's roads

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wagga Wagga City Council has unveiled two major roadworks packages for the city. Photo: iStock/DMVPhotography.

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) recently introduced a comprehensive program for major roadworks totalling nearly $5.5 million to renew several key thoroughfares.

WWCC accepted an offer of $4.5 million from Complete Road Seal (CRS) for the rehabilitation of the 13 road segments within the local government area. This adds to the $1 million contract granted to Fulton Hogan contractors for a separate package of works under the NSW Government’s Regional and Local Roads Repair Program.

Road repairs and rehabilitation work will be carried out on sections of Kooringal Road, Copland Street, Morgan Street, Forsyth Street, Johnston Street, Church Street, Cross Street, Boorooma Street, Arnott Street in Ashmont, McNickle Road, O’Briens Creek Road and Oxley Bridge Road.

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WWCC director of infrastructure services Warren Faulkner said the roadwork would address the backlog of works from last year and was part of a staged rollout of funding that would total $25 million.

“The roads included in these two packages were prioritised for rehabilitation and renewal in the 2023-2024 financial year as part of the council’s longer-term asset management plan,” Mr Faulkner said.

“Through the geotechnical investigations phase of our three-year planning and delivery cycle, we’ve identified most of the poor sections of the road.

“This program of civil works will renew and improve these roads to make them safer and improve the drive quality for the travelling public,” he said.

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The completion of the Kooringal Road upgrade will be part of the $4.5 million CRS package.

The roadworks will be divided into four specific sections: Fay Avenue to Vincent Road, Simkin Cresent south for 300 metres, Lake Albert Road to Plumpton Road and Marshalls Creek Bridge to the Sturt Highway.

Mr Faulkner said contractors would also be rehabilitating Boorooma Street between the roundabouts at Messenger Avenue and Farrer Road, with an interim fix to remove repairs to potholes.

He said a temporary seal would provide a smoother and safer road surface until a full upgrade was completed as part of the Northern Growth Area Contributions plan.

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