Wagga’s damaged road network is on the mend after months of neglect due to record rain over winter and spring.
Some of the city’s most used thoroughfares have been given a new life, with Byrnes Road being sealed on Wednesday.
The busy Glenfield Road overpass was completed earlier this week and Lord Baden Powell Drive, which has been closed for months, is set to be reopened over the coming weekend.
Wagga City Council commercial operations sector manager Caroline Angel said the job was far from finished, and thanked road users for their patience as workers toil to fix roads trashed by record rainfall.
“We’ve recently completed a number of projects and will be moving on to undertake other repairs across the Local Government Area in the coming weeks,” Ms Angel said.
“Staff have also been carrying out preparation works for council’s scheduled 2016-17 resealing program, which will be under way soon.”
Ms Angel said linemarking for Byrnes Road will be completed next week.
“Tools had to be downed for four months on this project due to rain and flood events,” she said.
“The harsh weather saturated subgrade and machinery was required for flood-response efforts.”
Council crews will now move their focus to Eunony Bridge Road.
“It’s hoped all gravel will be placed by Christmas with final compaction, shaping and seal to be completed by mid-to-late January,” Ms Angel said.
Works haven’t finished along Glenfield Road, with the section between the Fernleigh Road and Urana Street roundabouts, as well as about a 200-metre section of Urana Street to be resealed on Saturday.
Council is also aiming to fix the Kincaid Street road at the Beckwith Street intersection in the next week after excavations by Riverina Water.
Lord Baden Powell Drive will be closed to traffic for the remainder of the week and the left lane of Lake Albert Road at the intersection will be closed from 9.30am to 3pm on Friday for asphalt works.
Ms Angel said asphalt was best suited to traffic conditions at the intersection.