First section of Bomen Enabling Roads project open to traffic

Published: 10 Jul 2017 4:07pm

The first section of the $40M Bomen Enabling Roads project is open to traffic.

The 1.4km Byrnes Road realignment opened the evening of Friday, 7 July, to north and south bound traffic travelling between Wagga Wagga and Junee. East Bomen Road has also reopened.

Built east of the existing roadway, the new alignment road is wider to better cater for heavy vehicle traffic and connects one of the two new concrete roundabouts included in the Bomen Enabling Roads project.

A temporary speed limit of 60km/h will apply through this section for works being undertaken on the nearby road underpass.

“For the past nine months machinery has been excavating and cutting out the new roadways,” Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said.

“Opening the Byrnes Road realignment road is the first milestone of delivering this project to the Wagga Wagga community. Timelines for the project are tracking well, with the opening of this section on time.

“The Bomen Enabling Roads project is one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken by Council in the city’s history.

“Through significant investment in enabling road, and rail infrastructure through the proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight & Logistics (RiFL) Hub, Wagga Wagga City Council will unlock new industrial land for development, making Bomen and Wagga Wagga the ideal location for a range of industries to invest in, in particular, large scale industries.”

What’s next?

The western road, which will be the new entry into Bomen, off Byrnes Road, is expected to be open at the end of August – weather permitting.

This road requires the completion of the new road underpass before becoming trafficable.

The opening of the underpass will also coincide with the closure of the Dampier Street level crossing.