1 August 2023

Old Narrandera Road & Lord Baden Powell Drive upgrades to disrupt traffic for Wagga residents

| Jarryd Rowley
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The added turning lanes to Old Narrandera Road are expected to provide more efficient traffic flow. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

Residents of Wagga’s northern suburbs are being advised to factor in additional travel time when travelling through the area in early August.

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) has announced they will begin works on sections of Old Narrandera Road and Pine Gulley Road in the coming days.

The $1.7 million council funded project, which aims to improve traffic flow and safety is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 8 August, weather permitting.

Council’s senior project manager Robert Mithilan said the upgrade would help cater to the growing needs of the area and enhance the roads to meet present and future traffic demands.

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“The project will expand the number of lanes for a section of Old Narrandera Road, from just west of the Olympic Highway intersection to the Pine Gully Road intersection, from two to four lanes, with two lanes in each direction,” Mr Mithilan said.

“These extra lanes, together with new dedicated right and left turning lanes for vehicles, will assist in supporting more efficient traffic flow in the area.

“New signage, concrete medians, and guardrails will further improve safety along the upgraded section of these roads.”

The works on Old Naranderra Road aren’t the only roadworks beginning in early August, with Lord Baden Powell Drive also being closed to all traffic for up to 12 weeks.

 Lord Baden Powell Drive works

The Lord Baden Powell Drive works have been in the planning stage for almost two months and the road will now be closed to all members of the public. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

The closure of Lord Baden Powell Drive comes as WWCC progresses to the road’s next stage of upgrades.

Council’s director of strategy and projects Phil McMurray said the decision to close the road was made after careful consideration and consultation with the contractor.

“Safety, planning and the speed of construction were all taken into account,” Mr McMurray said.

“We understand the value of this road to local residents and the wider community, and we are committed to reopening it as soon as possible.

“We have planned the works carefully to minimise the closure time and inconvenience to the community.”

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The Lord Baden Powell Drive project is funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, NSW Government and Wagga Wagga City Council and once completed, the project will improve pedestrian and vehicle safety around the museum and Botanic Gardens precinct.

“Council recommends planning your trips ahead and allowing extra travel time,” Mr McMurray said.

“We apologise for the inconvenience the closure will cause and appreciate the patience of residents and road users.”

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