Work starts on next stage of West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route

Media Release – 15 April 2016

Work will start later this month to permanently close four intersections and carry out safety improvements as part of the next stage of the West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route along Showground Road.

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson said the $1.6 million NSW Government funded project would involve repairing and strengthening a section of Showground Road which forms part of the heavy vehicle alternative route.

“Roads and Maritime Services provided community members with information about the next stage of the project in March,” Katrina said.

“Work is scheduled to start Tuesday 26 April 2016 and will involve repairing and strengthening the section of Showground Road which forms part of the alternative route, providing wider lanes and shoulders and improving drains along the road,” Katrina said.

“Work will also be carried out to improve safety for right turning vehicles at Boltes Lane, Church Street and Bellarwi Road.

“To reduce the potential for crashes and to improve road safety, four local intersections, including two railway level crossings, will be permanently closed to vehicles as part of the upgrade.

“Boltes Lane north access to Showground Road will be permanently closed and the un-signalised railway crossing will be removed. Access to Showground Road would be via Church Street.

“The Airport Road access to Showground Road will also be permanently closed with access to Showground Road to be made via Boltes Lane.

“The Green Street access to Showground Road will be permanently closed as well. Access to Showground Road will be via Bellarwi Road.

“And the Old Hospital Road access to Showground Road will be permanently closed too with a cul-de-sac to be built and the railway crossing to be closed to vehicles. Access to Showground Road will be via Railway Road or Church Street.”

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, weather permitting.

Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of all signs, including reduced 40 km/h speed limits which will revert to 80 km/h outside work hours.

There will be no impact to properties along the road.

Work is expected to be completed by July, weather permitting.

Media Contact: Margot Shannon 6226 3311, 0429 619 087, cootamundra@parliament.nsw.gov.au or Katrina on 0428 278 141

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