Short delays for long-term gains on Olympic Highway

Published: 16 Jun 2017 9:49am

Wagga Wagga City Council and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are reminding motorists that a number of sections along the Olympic Highway, between Wagga Wagga and Junee, are under changed traffic conditions.

These changed conditions are associated with major state and local government projects, which will have significant benefits for the region.

Changes are being made to the Olympic Highway at Bomen to make way for the new $40M Bomen Enabling Roads project, currently being undertaken by Council. A reduced speed limit of 40km/h applies to motorists travelling through this section during work hours.

Meanwhile, RMS are undertaking road widening works and upgrading two intersections located along the state-owned highway. The $600,000 project, funded under the NSW Government’s removing black spots program, concentrates on areas at Shepherds Siding Road and Davidsons Lane.

For these works, traffic light controls and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h apply during work hours, Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and Saturday between 8am and 1pm. Speed limits are also restricted to 80km/h after these hours.

These works are expected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting.

The reduced speed limits are necessary for both projects to keep motorists and workers safe at the work sites.

Council is reminding motorists that although short delays are to be expected during these upgrades, both projects have significant benefits for the region.

“The intersection at the Olympic Highway is a vital piece to the puzzle for the Bomen Enabling Roads project, helping to unlock industrial land in the Bomen Business Park precinct and allowing a heavy vehicle link between the Olympic and Sturt highways at Wagga Wagga,” Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Cr Greg Conkey OAM said.

“All motorists, including myself, who travels this road from time-to-time, are asked to slow down and drive to the conditions along the Olympic Highway. These works are only temporary, but will provide bigger, long-term benefits for our city.”

RMS upgrade works will improve safety for about 3200 vehicles which travel along this section of highway between Wagga Wagga and Junee each day.

“Safety for all road users is the core business of Road and Maritime Services,” Acting Regional Manager, South West Peter McMahon said.

“Projects like the safety improvement work on the Olympic Highway ensure motorists experience the safest driving conditions possible and help the people living in and visiting the region to return home every day.”

*For media enquiries regarding road works associated with the Bomen project contact Mayor Cr Greg Conkey. For all other enquiries about the Olympic Highway works contact RMS.

Changed traffic conditions, what motorists need to know

Olympic Highway at Bomen

About 3.7km from Coolamon Road roundabout:

  • Reduced speed limit to 40km/h
Olympic Highway at Brucedale

Intersections Shepherds Siding Road and Davidsons Lane:

  • Reduced speed limit to 40km/h during work hours
  • Reduced speed limit to 80km/h after work hours