Olympic Highway intersection upgrades
Transport for NSW is developing a project to improve Olympic Highway intersections at Old Narrandera Road and Travers Street.
Jul 2023 - Olympic Highway intersection upgrades project on hold
The NSW Government has reprioritised projects in Wagga Wagga following community feedback and as a result, the Olympic Highway intersections upgrades will now be put on hold until further funding is available.
A $30 million roads package was announced by the former NSW Government in August 2018. The intent was to fund the widening of Marshalls Creek Bridge on the Sturt Highway and upgrade two intersections on the Olympic Highway in Wagga.
Due to rising construction costs both projects cannot be delivered as part of this commitment and Marshalls Creek Bridge has now been reprioritised.
We will keep the community informed as the project progresses.
Old Narrandera Road detailed design
Travers Street detailed design
The Olympic Highway through Wagga Wagga provides an important regional and local link from suburbs north of the Murrumbidgee River, Bomen Freight Hub and Charles Sturt University to services in Wagga Wagga via the two-lane, two-way Gobbagombalin Bridge.
Traffic growth as a result of increased land development to the north of Wagga Wagga is placing increasing pressure on the intersections of Travers Street and Old Narrandera Road, either side of the bridge.
Transport for NSW is investigating road and intersection upgrades at the Olympic Highway intersections with Old Narrandera Road and Travers Street and widening the Sturt Highway to four lanes over Marshall’s Creek in Wagga Wagga.
The objective of the Olympic Highway project at Old Narrandera Road and Travers Street is to:
- improve road safety
- improve access between Northern Growth Areas and services in Wagga Wagga
- reduce commuter delays while catering for future highway traffic, including freight, on the Olympic Highway
- deliver a project enabling flexibility for future additional capacity to support traffic growth from continued industrial and residential development in Wagga’s Northern Growth Area and Special Activation Precinct.
While Gobbagombalin Bridge is not being considered as part of this work, the proposed intersection upgrades will improve safety, access and traffic efficiency for this increasingly busy area.
Why are traffic lights the best option?
Our investigations have shown that traffic lights provide the best immediate improvements to road safety at this intersection. Traffic lights improve access between the northern growth areas and the services in Wagga Wagga, and have the potential to be modified to suit expansion of the Olympic Highway in the future if required.
Traffic lights would allow motorists to safely turn out of Old Narrandera Road on to the Olympic Highway. Traffic lights at this intersection would also be able to be phased to ensure traffic flows on the Olympic Highway are prioritised. This ensures efficiency of the network in this part of Wagga is optimised.
For further information on why a roundabout at Old Narrandera Road was not considered the best option, watch this video.
For further information on why a grade-separated interchange was not considered the best option, watch this video.
For further information on why traffic lights are the preferred option for Travers Street intersection, watch this video.
Transport for NSW invited feedback on Old Narrandera Road and Travers Street intersections in June 2019.
The feedback period has now closed, however, you can read the comments gathered via the interactive online tool by clicking on the community consultation map.
A community consultation report is now available, summarising all matters raised during the call for community feedback.
For further information about how the community's feedback was used to help our decisions on the preferred options, watch this video.
- Review of Environmental Factors
Biodiversity assessment report.
Appendix B and C
Consideration of Clause 228(2) factors and matters of national environmental significance and Commonwealth land and Statutory consultation checklists.
Socio-economic impact assessment.
ISEPP Consultation letter and responses.
Preliminary contamination site investigations.
Hydrology and hydraulic assessment.
Appendix H part 1
Traffic model options assessment report.
Appendix H part 2
Traffic model options assessment report - model volume plots.
Appendix H part 3
Traffic model options assessment report - model speed plots.
Noise and vibration impact assessment.
PACHCI assessment report and clearance letter.
Landscape character and visual impact assessment.
Example detour plans.
- Submissions report (PDF, 2.84 MB)
Olympic Highway intersection upgrades.
- Submissions report (PDF, 134.68 MB)
- Submissions report (PDF, 6.22 MB)
- Submissions report (PDF, 33.94 MB)
- Submissions report (PDF, 23.1 MB)
- September 2021 community update
Olympic Highway intersection upgrades.
- September 2021 REF Frequently asked questions
- July 2020 Frequently asked questions
Olympic Highway intersection upgrades through Wagga Wagga - Frequently asked questions.
Olympic Highway intersection upgrades preferred option report - Attachment A
Initial options considered for both intersections.
Olympic Highway intersection upgrades preferred option report - Attachment B
Short-listed options for both intersections.
For further information about this project, please contact:
Phone: (02) 6923 6571
Mail: Olympic Highway Intersection Upgrades project team, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650.