Glenfield Road Upgrades
The Glenfield Road corridor links major residential suburbs including Glenfield, Mt Austin, Lloyd, Bourkelands and Springvale with key commercial precincts, the central business area and places of work.
The two-lane road travels from the Red Hill Road intersection for 2.35kms before merging into Pearson Street at the northern end. The Pearson Street section includes a two-lane road overpass of the Sydney-Melbourne rail corridor before entering a complicated and accident prone double-roundabout at the Dobney Avenue intersection and eventually intersecting with the Sturt Highway.
The road is one of the most congested in the city and the main arterial route to and from the central business area for an estimated 8,000 residents. As further residential development occurs in Springvale and Lloyd this figure will increase to over 11,000 by 2034. Census data suggests approximately 65% of Wagga Wagga residents travel to work by car and a further 5% travel by car as a passenger. Therefore, conservative estimates suggest up to 5,200 people travel along the road to and from their place of work on weekdays. The majority of these movements would occur during peak periods in the morning and afternoons during the commute to and from work.
Duplication of the rail overpass to provide four travelling lanes is required initially to reduce pressure on the route before ultimately duplicating the 2.9kms of road from the southern roundabout on Pearson Street through to the Red Hill Road intersection. By providing a solution to the current bottleneck at the rail overpass, more traffic will be encouraged to use the route as an alternative to Bourke Street and discussions can commence with RMS to reallocate regional road status from Bourke Street to Glenfield Road. This will be a positive outcome and establish Glenfield Road as the main north-south feeder road and transfer traffic volume away from the medical precinct.
The project is listed as a concept within Wagga Wagga City Council’s Long Term Financial Plan 2016/17 and $4.4M is allocated between 2017 and 2020, however the scope and staging of the broader project has not been specified. It is therefore important to initially undertake a comprehensive traffic study along the route to understand what treatments are required and to establish a suitable timeline for delivery, potentially developed in stages to meet demand. This work will confirm the project scope, the detailed costings and enable the project to move from a concept to fully funded and listed in future capital works programs for completion when the demand study recommends.
Glenfield Road will cater for over 11,000 residents following the residential developments of Lloyd and Springvale.
Cost Estimate: No
Wagga Wagga City Council
Committee 4 Wagga
Undertake traffic studies along the 3.6km corridor encompassing Glenfield Road, Pearson Street and the Dobney Avenue roundabouts to develop an integrated solution and confirm future capital works.