The sealing and upgrade of Dunns Road in Wagga Wagga will begin after the Federal Government approved $5.8 million in funding.
Dunns Road acts as a shortcut between the Olympic Highway and Holbrook Road just south of Wagga Wagga. Currently the road alternates between dirt and sealed surfaces.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the long awaited upgrade will be welcomed by the community.
The government’s funding will enable crews to seal the full length of the roads to improve safety and community access in the area.
“The upgrade will also deliver a new roundabout at the intersection of Holbrook Road and Dunns Road, a dedicated right-turn lane at the intersection of Olympic Highway and Dunns Road and solar-powered Intelligent Traffic Signs to advise drivers of changing conditions,” Mr. McCormack said.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Greg Conkey welcomed confirmation of the federal commitment to the upgrade.
“Council has been doing the necessary groundwork to prepare for this much-needed upgrade for the past few years,” Mr. Conkey said.
“This includes engaging independent consultants to undertake an in-depth study, reviewing the existing design for Dunns Road and determining the scope of works required to upgrade it.”
Mr. Conkey said the council has also looked at traffic flow-on effects of undertaking the upgrade and listened to the views of nearby residents and the wider Wagga Wagga community.
Work is expected to begin in early this year with completion forecast for mid-2021.