5 July 2023

Beware of changed traffic conditions as Lord Baden Powell Drive roadworks begin

| Jarryd Rowley
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Preliminary roadworks on Lord Baden Powell Drive have officially begun and are expected to take 35 weeks to complete. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Motorists who use Lord Baden Powell Drive are being advised to take note of changed traffic conditions as preliminary works to upgrade the road between the Museum of the Riverina and the Botanic Gardens have begun.

The roadworks, which began on 3 July, are expected to take about 35 weeks to complete, provided there are no delays due to weather.

Wagga Wagga City Council senior project manager Tim Morris said the upgrade would make it easier for pedestrians to cross from the museum to the Botanic Gardens as well as to Willans Hill School and other businesses on Lord Baden Powell Drive.

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“It will also make the precinct livelier and more accessible by improving the connection between the Botanic Gardens and the museum,” Mr Morris said.

“The upgrade also prioritises safety for vehicles exiting the museum access road or Kurrajong with those already travelling on Lord Baden Powell Drive.”

The $2.6 million upgrade is in its preparation phase, which will take about six weeks to complete.

During the preparation phase, Lord Baden Powell Drive’s speed limit will be reduced to 40 km/h during work hours (7 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday).

“These preliminary works include approved vegetation clearing and the creation of a temporary access road to ensure visitors and staff can still access the museum during construction,” Mr Morris said.

The council has advised that once the preliminary works have been completed and construction begins, the road will be closed completely to through traffic.

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The council has also asked that motorists observe the new driving conditions and the reduced speed limit to ensure the safety of road users and the construction crew during the upgrade.

Detours and full road closures will be communicated via the council website closer to the date of completion of the preliminary works.

The project is funded by the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the NSW Government and Wagga Wagga City Council.

The council is also planning to tender for the design and construction of works between Captain Cook Drive and MacLeay Street, as part of the Botanic Garden Precinct Renewal Project.

The renewal project is expected to take about nine months to complete.

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