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Changed conditions in Wagga Wagga as roadworks get underway

Operators going through Wagga Wagga will have to face a wealth of roadworks as the local council begins major upgrades

The Wagga Wagga City Council has advised that roadworks on several key distributor roads across the city have begun as the council ramps up its rehabilitation works program.

Upgrade works started on Monday on Mitchell Road, Copland Street, and Old Narrandera Road, with Lloyd Road to commence on Monday February 6, weather permitting.

Director of Infrastructure Services Warren Faulkner says it comes as part of 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 says.

The new week will also mark the start of works 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 says.

“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.

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“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.

The stabilising contractors who have completed the works on Inglewood Road will commence rehabilitation works on a stretch of Copland Street, between Blaxland Road and Tasman Road in the next week. 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 will also start in the next week, with completion expected in late March/early April if weather conditions remain favourable.

“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 says.

“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.”

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