Health precinct intersection upgrades
Transport for NSW is upgrading two intersections on Edward Street in Wagga Wagga to improve traffic conditions around the city's busy health precinct. The upgrades will be carried out at the Edward Street junctions with Docker and Murray streets.
Feb 2023 – Night work program
Transport will start the project's night work program along Edward Street in early March. This night work is planned to start on Monday 6 March with 13 night shifts scheduled in the project's 12-week program. Most of these night shifts will be in March, weather permitting.
Out of hours night work will be carried out between 6pm and 4am, when required. There will be no night work on weekends or public holidays.
The start of night work also means changed traffic conditions along this section of the highway between Murray and Docker streets, including lane closures and a reduced speed limit, adding up to 10 minutes travel time.
Night shift dates* (updated 21 March)
- Monday and Tuesday, 27 and 28 March
- Thursday 30 March
- One night shift TBC.
*Note: The work program will require an extra night shift which is to be determined and added to the above schedule. The program may be also affected by wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, which means dates may change at short notice. If this happens, we will update the program as soon as possible.
Jan 2023 – Work set to start on upgrades
Transport is ready to start on the upgrades with preliminary work to be carried out from Monday 6 February.
This work involves relocating street lighting, tree trimming and, in some cases, a small number of tree removals to provide a clear corridor for larger vehicles such as trucks and buses.
Some sections of parking lanes will also be repurposed to accommodate through lanes. About 70 parking spaces will be affected.
It is expected to take about eight weeks to install traffic lights and finish the Murray Street intersection upgrade, weather permitting. Work will progress to the Docker Street intersection with this stage to take about three weeks, finishing in early May, weather permitting.
Night and Sunday work
There is ‘out of hours’ and night work planned during the project. Transport has approval to carry out night work between 6pm and 4am when the highway is less busy and safer for workers and motorists.
Some Sunday work (daytime hours) will be required at various stages.
Murray Street (north & south) closure
The Murray Street intersection with Edward Street will be closed to traffic from Wednesday 15 February 2023 until work is finished on this stage of the project in early April.
Pedestrian access in the area will also be limited for the safety of workers and the community. Detour signage to assist pedestrians will be in place.
Access to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital will remain via Lewis Drive under traffic control. The bus stop outside the hospital will remain operational however the taxi rank will not be available during the project. Nearby taxi ranks are located in Station Place near the Railway Station or Forsyth Street near the Sturt Mall.
There will be changed traffic conditions in the work area. Lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place. The highway will be reduced from two lanes to single lane in each direction at various stages of the project. One lane will remain open to traffic at all times, however, road users can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.
Sep 2022 – Planning for project to start in 2023
Transport is finalising preparations for the $3.4 million redevelopment and safety upgrades at two of Wagga Wagga’s busiest intersections in the city’s health precinct.
Work on this important project is now scheduled to start in early 2023, weather permitting.
The project was due to start on 19 September 2022 but has been pushed back due to an unexpected delay in planning approval processes.
Transport is upgrading the two intersections on behalf of Health Infrastructure (HI) and is working closely with HI to finalise planning approvals.
Wet weather and cold conditions not ideal for road building pushed the project start date from May 2022 to September 2022.
It is expected to take eight weeks to complete the project, weather permitting.
Transport will keep the community updated as the project progresses towards a new start date.
Stage 1 of the project is the installation of traffic lights at the Sturt Highway intersection (Edward Street) with Murray Street.
Stage 2 is the reconfiguration of lanes at the highway’s Docker Street intersection.
The upgrades will improve safety and traffic efficiency in the health precinct area which includes the city’s two hospitals and supporting specialist facilities.
Other key benefits to the project include better accessibility in and around the health precinct, and improved connectivity with the city’s broader transport network, including the Active Travel Plan Project.
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Transport for NSW is upgrading the Edward Street intersections with Murray and Dockers streets in Wagga Wagga to improve traffic conditions around the city's busy health precinct.
These busy junctions have been identified for safety and traffic efficiency improvements.
Investigations are expected to be carried out in the first half of 2021, with the upgrades to be completed by mid-2022.
Transport for NSW is upgrading two intersections along Edward Street.
Key features of this work includes:
- installing new traffic lights at the Edward and Murray Street intersection
- installing dedicated turning lanes from Edward Street into Murray Street
- upgrading the road surface at Edward and Murray Street intersection, and repairing the road surface near Docker Street.
- upgrading the existing Edward Street intersection at Docker Street, with changes to turning lanes and traffic lights to improve intersection efficiency
- improving pedestrian and cyclist access across Edward Street, integrating with Wagga Wagga City Council’s (WWCC) Active Travel network
- relocating power poles and removing trees to provide a clear corridor for large vehicles
- extending raised centre medians along Edward Street near traffic lights.
Key benefits of this project include:
- improved safety for all transport users
- improved traffic flow in central Wagga Wagga
- improved accessibility in and around the health precinct
- improved connectivity with broader transport network.
For more information, see the project Frequently Asked Questions.
Consultation with the community is an important part of this project’s development. We understand any road work carried out on main roads in regional towns impacts the local community and their day-to-day life.
We would like to understand community concerns and general sentiment around the intersection upgrades so we can help mitigate these issues where possible.
If you have any concerns that you would like to discuss, please get in touch with us via the contact details below.
Frequently asked questions
When is construction likely to start?
We anticipate construction will start from early 2023.
How long is construction expected to take for both intersection upgrades?
Construction is expected to take about eight weeks.
How much is the project expected to cost?
The Transport for NSW-led health precinct intersection upgrades have a budget of $3.4 million.
How will I access the hospital during construction?
Community notices will be provided closer to construction. Traffic control and detours will be clearly signposted.
The Docker Street intersection with Edward Street is increasingly busy with long queues during peak hours. How will upgrades at this intersection improve traffic flow?
Docker Street will be reconfigured to provide a dedicated right turn lane into Edward Street. This will help ease congestion as turning vehicles will no longer impede the movement of north and southbound through-traffic, improving traffic flow at peak hours.
Computer modelling of traffic movements has been carried out to identify opportunities to improve intersection performance through upgrades to traffic lights and signal programming.
Will both intersections on Edward Street be upgraded at the same time?
Intersection upgrades will be completed progressively, with work staged to limit the impact of road works on Transport customers and the community.
Parking is already limited in the health precinct, why are we losing kerbside parking spaces?
The intersection improvements include construction of additional turning lanes and raised centre medians to improve each intersection’s safety and capacity to handle large traffic volumes. The extra lanes require repurposing parking lanes into through-lanes.
How many car spaces will be removed due to the intersection work on Edward and Docker Streets?
We expect approximately 100 kerb-side car spaces will be lost to increase traffic capacity. Transport is exploring alternate car parking opportunities to meet our customers’ needs. We have programmed work in stages to minimise car parking impacts to the community and to hospital users.
Will there be impacts to trees along these sections?
Yes. Clearance under the existing trees is acceptable for light vehicle parking, however as the parking lanes are repurposed for through-traffic, tree trimming and in some cases tree removal will be required to ensure larger vehicles such as trucks and buses can travel safely. Transport will confirm the exact number of trees to be removed during the detailed design process.
Transport takes its responsibility to the environment and legislation seriously. We have carried out an environmental assessment and have assessed what impacts construction will have on the road corridor. Our aim is to preserve as many trees as possible along Edward Street while ensuring the safety of all our Transport customers.
Why do we need another set of traffic lights instead of a roundabout?
Edward Street is a major freight corridor for longer vehicles including B-doubles. A roundabout that can accommodate these larger vehicles would occupy more space than is available, and would adversely impact residential properties at the intersection.
Why can't we close Murray Street (north) access to Edward Street?
The benefits of this option would be minor. Traffic turning right from Murray Street (South) onto Edward Street would continue to hinder the performance of the overall road network. Furthermore, this option does not address the existing issues of pedestrian safety at this intersection and is therefore not considered feasible.
Will these traffic lights detect vehicles or work off a timer?
All traffic lights in NSW use a demand-based system that detects and responds to vehicles as they approach the intersection through sensors embedded in the road surface. The traffic lights are networked through a system that optimises traffic light performance based on neighbouring traffic lights, and its operation is continuously monitored and adjusted by Transport.
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- 9 June 2021
Intersection upgrades for health precinct.
For further information about this project, please contact:
Phone: (02) 6923 6664
Mail: Health precinct intersection upgrades, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650