PLANNED upgrades on one of Wagga's busiest access roads should be brought forward by six years to aid residents and make the most of the council's budget.
That's according to a submission on Wagga City Council's long-term financial plan made by Committee 4 Wagga.
The think tank requested "the Boorooma Street upgrade project be brought forward from 2025-26 to 2019-20".
The road links central Wagga and the Sturt and Olympic highways with Charles Sturt University and fast-growing suburbs at Estella, but has a rough surface in many places with crumbling shoulders.
The council has already approved the start of a $6 million project to widen Farrer Road, which connects to Boorooma Street via a roundabout at the entrance of the CSU Wagga campus.
Committee 4 Wagga chief executive Alan Johnston told The Daily Advertiser that it would be more efficient to work on both Boorooma and Farrer at the same time.
"With Farrer Road about to get done and continued growth in the area, we believe, being the major road in and out, it would make much much more sense," he said.
"The completion date for a new school out there (in 2021) is before the date at which they council would start work on Boorooma Street."
Wagga Ratepayers Association chief Lynne Bodell said she agreed with Committee 4 Wagga's position.
"The more work we can get done over there, the more beneficial," she said.
"I call it the 'mushroom' area because new houses are appearing so quickly and the infrastructure is struggling to keep up with that.
"It should be a priority as if (the council) is going to keep approving new houses over there they must keep up with infrastructure and it would be a very good step forward to include that upgrade."
The council will respond to the submission, if approved during Monday night's meeting, by stating it would be possible to change the project's timeframe.
"The Boorooma Street upgrade project has been scheduled for 2025-26 as structure plans for the area are being completed which will further inform the project timeframe and can be amended if required in future financial plans," the council's response stated.
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