West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route to improve safety and meet the demands of the increasing amount of freight being carried on the Newell Highway.

Updates and announcements

Work on the intersection of the alternative route and the Newell Highway is planned for November 2016.

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.

Project background

The West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route was initially set up by Bland Shire Council as a local heavy vehicle bypass. In 2010 the route became a State Road with the aim to help remove heavy vehicles from the main street (Newell Highway) of West Wyalong.

Roads and Maritime funds and maintains both the Newell Highway through West Wyalong and the heavy vehicle alternative route.

The West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route will be upgraded in sections over a number of years as funding becomes available. It will stay on the same route it is on now.

Why are we doing the work?

The amount of freight on the Melbourne to Brisbane corridor (Newell Highway) will continue to increase and the West Wyalong heavy vehicle alternative route needs to be upgraded to meet that demand.

The heavy vehicle alternative route has a mix of through traffic, heavy vehicles and local traffic and includes 5 railway level crossings and 15 intersections. Residential areas also surround the road.

The work will improve road safety by widening the road, strengthening the road surface, improving the drainage and improving the layout of intersections. Once the whole length is complete, it will allow the use of Higher Productivity Vehicles. These vehicles can be longer and carry heavier loads.

Project benefits

The key benefits of the upgrade to the community:

  • Reduced conflict between local traffic and heavy vehicles
  • Improved safety at intersections for turning vehicles
  • Improved freight capacity
  • No through traffic on Green Street and Old Hospital Road.

What work have we done?

In early 2015 Roads and Maritime carried out drainage improvements over an 800 metre length on Compton Road and constructed a new access into the Grain Corp Silo. Road strengthening, widening and improving turning movements at the Central Road intersection were carried out in late 2015.

Work on Compton Road, from near Fred Kalms Road to just before the Newell Highway intersection (850 metre length), is finished and involved road strengthening, providing wider lanes and shoulders, improving drainage and improving turning movements at Fred Kalms Road intersection.

Work on Showground Road is finished and involved road strengthening, widening and drainage work as well as improvements to a number of intersections for turning vehicles. This included the permanent closure of some intersections.

What are we doing now?

Work on the Newell Highway intersection will commence in November 2016.

Changes to intersections

To reduce the potential for accidents and significantly improve road safety, the work on Showground Road included permanently closing four local intersections which includes two railway level crossings. The remaining intersections will be upgraded.

We plan to do the following:

  • Permanently close Boltes Lane north access to Showground Road and remove the un-signalised railway crossing. Access to Showground Road would be via Church Street
  • Permanently close Airport Road access to Showground Road. Access to Showground Road would be via Boltes Lane
  • Permanently close Green Street access to Showground Road and construct a cul-de-sac. Access to Showground Road would be via Bellarwi Road
  • Permanently close Old Hospital Road access to Showground Road and construct a cul-de-sac. Close railway crossing to vehicles. Access to Showground Road would be via Railway Road or Church Street
  • Upgrade Boltes Lane, Church Street and Bellarwai Road intersections for right turning vehicles from Showground Road.

View or download the project map.

What happens next?

We will continue planning work to occur in 2016/17 and 2017/18 as funding becomes available. This work may include improvements to the intersection with the Newell Highway at the northern end of the heavy vehicle alternative route, straightening the road at the railway level crossing at Railway Road and options to improve the intersection with the Newell Highway at the western end of the heavy vehicle alternative route.

We will keep the community updated as this planning progresses.

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