Wagga Wagga City Council is asking motorists to take extra care when travelling along Coolamon Road, with civil works machinery and crews expected to begin heavy patching of 10 localised pavement failures next week, weather permitting.
Council’s teams have been working through a backlog of both temporary and more long-term repairs to roads across our Local Government Area in the wake of last year’s prolonged wet weather and flooding events.
Director Infrastructure Services Warren Faulkner said the pavement failures resulted from the road being used as the detour for Sturt Highway traffic for approximately 8-10 weeks prior to Christmas 2023.
“Coolamon Road carried a lot of heavy traffic over the period that the Sturt Highway was closed between Collingullie and Narrandera due to flooding of the Murrumbidgee River,” Mr Faulkner said.
“We erected traffic control signs and reduced speed limits at the pavement failure whilst the road was being used as the Sturt Highway detour to warn motorists of the hazard and inform the driver of a safe speed to traverse them. Those signs are still in place.
“Council is disappointed that Transport for NSW has not undertaken any repairs of the damage which is directly attributable to the detour of the Sturt Highway.”
The Wagga Wagga LGA has 1,200 km of sealed and 1,100 km of unsealed roads to maintain.
Over the last two months, Council has completed the rehabilitation and repair of 14 segments of road, totalling 18.5-kilometres, at a cost of $8.5-millon, as well as $1million of flood repair works to the local road network.
More road works are planned in the lead up to winter, including rehabilitation of a 500-metre stretch of Bomen Road in the industrial estate, and MacLeay Street between Erin Street and Urana Street, as well as the asphalting of a number of roundabouts and intersections across the city.
Council is working with contractors on scheduling these works and will inform the community once the details are finalised.
“We ask that motorists drive to the conditions, noting that the road network is going through a significant program of repair and rehabilitation, and there will be problem areas across the network until crews can catch up on the volume of work that is required,” Mr Faulkner said.
ROAD WORKS PROGRAM
Date / Duration
30 January – late March / early April
Old Narrandera Road – for a 5.4km length approximately 24 km west of Currawarna
6 – 25 February
Lloyd Road – from Plumpton Road to Holbrook Road
24 February – 9 March
Bourke Street – from Holbrook Road to Red Hill Road
1 – 6 March
Huthwaite Street – between Pratt Street and Hopkins Street
6 – 13 March
Avocet Drive – from Boorooma Street to Franklin Drive
9 – 11 March
Watson Boulevard – between Red Hill Road and Lingiari Drive, including the roundabout
12 – 17 March
Nagle Street – from Sturt Highway south for 500m – NIGHT WORKS
To be confirmed
Macleay Street – between Erin Street and Urana Street
To be confirmed
Bomen Road – for a 500m segment commencing 1.1km from the Olympic Highway intersection.