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A major new roads package for Wagga Wagga and the Riverina was announced today to help ease congestion and improve safety.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the $30 million injection will deliver safer and easier travel times, which includes:

• Road and intersection upgrades either side of the Gobbagombalin ‘Gobba’ Bridge, in north Wagga Wagga
• Widening of the Sturt Highway to four lanes over Marshall’s Creek

“These two intersections will improve access for road users travelling between the Wagga Wagga CBD and the northern suburbs where there is continued growth in new housing and consistent traffic heading to and from Charles Sturt University,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s strong economic management means we are investing more than ever before in roads and rail infrastructure for regional NSW.”

Wagga Wagga Liberals Candidate Julia Ham said these projects will make life easier for local families.

“The Marshall’s Creek Bridge pedestrian walkway is too narrow and traffic in both directions slows considerably as a result of merging lanes. By widening of the bridge, it will ease traffic flow and make pedestrian safety a priority.”

Geotechnical investigations, environmental assessment and concept design will begin immediately.