$1.2M Byrnes Road project to start 31 July

Published: 27 Jul 2018 9:41am

A $1.2M road rehabilitation project on a section of Byrnes Road will begin on 31 July.

The works on a 2.2km of Byrnes Road between Bavin Road Intersection and East Bomen Road intersection will improve drainage and build a road surface able to withstand an increase in heavy vehicles movements at Bomen Business Park.

Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said the project will take up to five months to complete due to the extent of works required and to ensure access can be maintained for businesses in the area.

“We’ve spoken to many of the businesses at Bomen and they have welcomed the upgrades to Byrnes Road; and also understand the timeframe needed to minimise disruptions for trucks and other vehicles,” Ms Angel said.

“Only one lane will be closed at a time and works will be completed in sections, which will mean minor delays but we won’t have to close the road completely.

“There are two main elements of the works – a major upgrade to the existing stormwater drainage system and the construction of a pavement that can handle Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.”

The Byrnes Road/Eunony Bridge Road corridor forms the major access route to the Bomen Business Park and the site of the proposed Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub.

HML vehicles wanting to access Bomen or Harefield from the southeast of Wagga Wagga currently travel via the Sturt Highway and the Olympic Highway over the Gobbagombalin Bridge.

“Council has been working on creating a High Productivity Freight Route in this area for a number of years, including the Bomen Enabling Roads project completed last year,” Ms Angel said.

“These works and the Eunony Bridge upgrade will complete the route, which will allow heavy vehicles to avoid the city and cut 18km from their trip.”

The works are due to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting. The $1.2M project is funded by Wagga Wagga City Council ($289,152) and the NSW Government's Fixing Country Roads program ($868,168).


Traffic conditions

Works will be undertaken between the hours of 7am and 5pm with traffic lights or stop/go traffic control in place.

Traffic flow along Byrnes Road will be reduced to one lane under the control of traffic lights or stop/go traffic controllers, with access to be reinstated at the end of every shift. There will be minor delays, however, there will be no full road closures during the project.

Local access will be maintained during works and staff will be on site to assist residents and businesses if required.

Benefits of this project

  • The road will be capable of withstanding HML vehicle loads and increase in heavy vehicle numbers
  • The works are part of the High Productivity Freight Route to the Bomen Business Park from the south east of Wagga Wagga
  • Decrease reactive and routine maintenance substantially
  • Will allow HML vehicles to cut 18km from their trip and avoid the city