Temporary access road being constructed, with bunting along verge of road bunting

Projects & Works

Road closure scheduled for Lord Baden Powell Drive

Published: 28 Jul 2023 10:51am

Wagga Wagga City Council advises motorists and residents about an upcoming road closure on Lord Baden Powell Drive between Macleay Street and Captain Cook Drive to allow for the next stage of the current upgrade project.

The road will be closed to all through traffic from Wednesday 9 August for up to 12 weeks, with detours in place during the closure.

Local traffic, including visitors to the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens site, will maintain access under traffic control.

Car driving under the Lord Baden Powell Drive sign in early evening

Access to streets off Lord Baden Powell Drive on the Kooringal side of Willans Hill will not be affected.

Council Director Strategy & Projects Phil McMurray said the decision to close the road was made after careful consideration and consultation with the contractor.

“Safety, planning and the speed of construction were all taken into account,” Mr McMurray said.

“We understand the value of this road to local residents and the wider community, and we are committed to reopening it as soon as possible.

“We have planned the works carefully to minimise the closure time and inconvenience to the community.”

Road work plant and machinery and workers clearing road verge on Lord Baden Powell Drive

The upgrade works include reconstructing this section of road and installing pedestrian refuge crossings to link the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of the Riverina.

Once completed, the project will improve pedestrian and vehicle safety around the museum and Botanic Gardens precinct.

“Council recommends planning your trips ahead and allowing extra travel time,” Mr McMurray said.

“We apologise for the inconvenience the closure will cause and appreciate the patience of residents and road users.”

Council will keep motorists update about detours, closures and access via livetraffic.com

The project is funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, NSW Government and Wagga Wagga City Council.

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