14 September 2022

The Boorooma roundabout reopens as wet weather slows work on new shops

| Chris Roe
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Despite the rain, work has wrapped up on the Messenger Ave-Boorooma St roundabout. Photo: Katrina Roe.

Good news for residents of Wagga’s northern suburbs with confirmation that roadworks on the Boorooma Street roundabout are complete and bus services will soon return to normal.

“Roadworks that are part of the new shopping centre development under construction on the corner of Boorooma Street and Messenger Avenue in Boorooma and will enhance the safety and efficiency of traffic movements into and out of the development have been completed,” said Wagga City Council’s director of infrastructure services Warren Faulkner.

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“Whilst it is acknowledged the works did cause inconvenience and delays for road users in this area, council is appreciative that the developer and contractor modified their work plans to minimise the disruption for peak-hour commuters.”

The closing of one of only two entrances to the western half of the suburb initially caused congestion during peak times and developers responded quickly by starting work at 9:30 am rather than the initial start time of 7 am.

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”You can’t pour concrete in the rain.” Work continues on the new Boorooma shops. Photo: Katrina Roe.

There were concerns that the reduced hours would slow the six-week project, but Peter Fitzpatrick, the director of property for the Catholic Diocese of Wagga, said it had gone well despite recent rain.

He said the weather had also slowed work on the shopping centre development.

“It has impacted on doing the rest of the shops but we are pushing forward and some of the tenants are doing their fitout,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“We’ve probably still got another two months’ work ahead of us.

“Most of that involves the car park, which is concrete, and you can’t pour concrete in the rain.”

School parents were notified this week that “Messenger Avenue in Boorooma will reopen to buses on Monday 19th September”, with school buses reverting to the same routes and times from before the work began in August.

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