Roadworks are ramping up throughout Wagga Wagga over the next few weeks, as the local council continues its program of rehabilitation works.
Upgrade works started on Mitchell Road, Copland Street, and Old Narrandera Road on Monday January 30, with Lloyd Road to commence on Monday February 6, weather permitting.
Wagga Wagga City Council’s director infrastructure services, Warren Faulkner, says this comes as the works to renew and improve the pavement on a 2.4-kilometre stretch of Inglewood Road, immediately east of Mitchell Road, near completion.
“The process has involved using foamed asphalt, which involves mixing lime and bitumen additives into the pavement with a specialised soil stabilising machine to improve the strength and durability of the existing pavement,” Faulkner said.
Work will also begin on a section of Mitchell Road, between Inglewood and Brunskill roads.
“Mitchell Road was one of the routes identified as being in need of repair and renewal in the Wagga Wagga Roads report, tabled at the Ordinary Council meeting in November last year,” Faulkner said.
“It is one of our key distributor roads on the eastern side of the city, which carries a high volume of traffic, including heavy vehicles.
“This project will include widening the road shoulders, stabilising the existing pavement, then overlaying it with a new 150mm thick base course and two-coat sealing of the new base work material.”
Traffic control measures will be in place for the duration of the works, which are expected to take three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.
Rehabilitation works will also take place on a stretch of Copland Street, between Blaxland Road and Tasman Road. The initial phase of these works will involve stabilisation of the pavement and resealing of the road.
It will be followed in mid-February with building resilience into the wearing surface at the intersections with Lawson Street, Hartog Place and Say Street with an asphalt overlay.
The pavement upgrade and sealing of the five-kilometre section of unsealed road on Old Narrandera Road near Council’s boundary with the Narrandera Shire Council is also underway. Completion is expected in late March/early April.
There will be changed traffic conditions on Lloyd Road this week, as Council crews increase the depth of pavement over the main culvert approximately halfway along the road, ahead of the start of the main rehabilitation project next week.
“The works will improve the vertical geometry of the road through this low section of the road for motorists and importantly will not change the path of stormwater flows,” Faulkner said.
“We’re asking road users in all of these areas to allow extra travel time, drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of traffic controllers.”
For information about road closures in the area, visit wagga.nsw.gov.au/roadclosures.