Old South Road Stage One Repair Works Completed and Reopened to Traffic

March 20, 2024Posted in:

Wingecarribee Shire Council is pleased to announce Stage 1 of the Old South Road upgrade project between Range Road and Merrigang Street is now re-opened for commuters, following the completion of stabilisation and sealing works, in exactly three weeks as planned.

Line marking will be finalised in approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Maximum speed limit during this time is 40 km/h.

Stage 3 works on Old South Road are again ramping up following a run of recent wet weather, along with the remobilisation of resources relating to the Stage 1 rectification works. Work also continues on the sub base, stabilisation and sub soil drainage, which are nearing completion for the 1.3km stretch of road north of Aylmerton Road.

Next, the focus will then shift to establishing the base course pavement and final seal following the Easter long weekend, with the installation of guard railing, line marking and signage. The project is expected to be complete by the end of May 2024, weather permitting.

Commuters are thanked for their understanding, while these important road upgrades take place.

For more information on the project and upcoming stages, please visit our website: https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/Council/Projects-and-Capital-Works/old-south-road-between-merrigang-st-bowral-and-old-hume-highway

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Community alert for temporary closure of Old South Road for next stage of restoration work

February 22, 2024Posted in:

Old South Road users between Range Road in Mittagong and Merrigang Street, Bowral are encouraged to plan ahead for an alternative travel route from next week, with remediation work starting on Wednesday 28 February, and to continue for approximately three weeks, weather depending. During this time, access to the road will be for residents and emergency services only.

Wingecarribee Shire Council and its contractors, Stefanutti Constructions, have been investigating a section of the road that deteriorated soon after the completion of Stage 1 and 2 works of the road, when it was re-opened to traffic on 22 December 2023.

The contractors have so far been undertaking short term measures to minimise current commuter risks.

The upcoming road closure is required to satisfactorily repair the affected section of road for the longer term.

Stage 3 works of the project, renewal of the road northwards of Aylmerton Road, is currently under construction and forecast for completion by the end of May 2024.

Council apologises for any inconvenience during this upcoming road closure. Together with the NSW and Federal Governments, we are seeking to successfully complete this major joint road construction project for the community as soon as possible.

For updates on the Old South Road Rehabilitation Project visit: www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/old-south-road.






Old South Road Restoration work update – Preliminary investigations into damage

February 2, 2024Posted in:

Wingecarribee Shire Council is aware of the difficulty that the deterioration of Old South Road between Merrigang Street to Range Road is currently posing to our community.

Council is working closely with our design consultant, geotechnical engineers and Stefanutti Constructions to investigate the cause of the pavement failure and to commence with the appropriate remediations as soon as practicably possible.

Stage 3 works are progressing on track for the reconstruction of 1.3km of Old South Road north of Aylmerton Road in Mittagong.  Two significant culverts have been reconstructed and road works are well progressed with widening, shoulder construction and sub-soil drainage. This stage is scheduled to be completed by late May, weather permitting.

Council thanks the community for their patience and cooperation while the work progresses. For updates on the Old South Road Rehabilitation Project visit:


Old South Road Restoration work progresses to Stage Three of Rehabilitation Project

January 23, 2024Posted in:

The next scheduled stage of the Shire’s Old South Road improvement project is underway.  Stage 3 works (north of Aylmerton Rd) commenced on 8 January 2024 to reconstruct approximately 1.3km of road.  The work includes pavement reconstruction and safety improvements, such as the installation of crash barriers, shoulder widening and sealing.  By focussing on key design parameters such as road widths and elevations, Council and its designers were able to rationalise desired outcomes and maintain the ecologically sensitive environment whilst also providing cost efficiencies. This has paved the way for the additional 1.3km of road reconstruction north of Aylmerton Road.

The contract to rehabilitate the road was awarded to Stefanutti Construction Pty Ltd in October 2022 at a cost of $11.56 million, with Stage 3 expected to be completed by end of May, weather permitting.

Stages 1 and 2 of the project were completed before Christmas, except for some minor line marking and remediations. Since then, a 1.5km section of the rehabilitated road (near Merrigang Street end) rapidly showed signs of deterioration. Council has engaged engineering/geotechnical investigations, with a report expected by the end of the week. This will provide necessary information as to why the failure occurred and determine how best to correct the damage.  Residents can be assured that Council will work with the Contractor to remediate the road as soon as practicably possible.

Council apologises for any further inconvenience caused while the assessment and repairs are being carried out.  We thank the community for their patience and understanding while this major road construction is underway. For updates on the Old South Road Rehabilitation Project visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/old-south-road.

Old South Road open in time for the holiday season, keeping our villages connected

December 19, 2023Posted in: Community

Old South Road Re-opens

Friday 22 December 2023 will see the re-opening of one of our biggest projects in recent years – the rehabilitation of Old South Road. Critical upgrades to one of our Shire’s main connector roads have enhanced its condition and introduced enhanced safety features. “This vital connector between Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale has been a priority project for the community and our team has worked hard to ensure that the road re-opens before Christmas,” say Karin Targa, Director of Service and Project Delivery at Wingecarribee Shire Council.

“We will have the line marking for the last section to be completed in the new year as the seal must be down two weeks before this can take place,” Karin explains.

Council will also be completing an additional 1.3km of re-construction from Aylmerton Street towards the Old Hume Highway in the New Year as well as 500metres of Bong Bong Street connecting into the newly completed works.

Works to bring Old South Road up to modern standards entailed a comprehensive reconstruction, including correction of the driving surface and alignments, widening of shoulder areas and adding audio-tactile line markings and guard rails.

These upgrades mitigate the topographical and environmental challenges of this 9.7km stretch of road between Merrigang Street and Range Road, which is prone to heavy frosts and high traffic volumes. As many as 6,000 motorists travel on this road each day!

The project is funded through a combination of Federal and State Government grants and Wingecarribee Shire Council contributions. Funding has been secured from the Safer Roads Program, Fixing Local Roads Program and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. It entailed a complete reconstruction and addressed the road’s deficiencies comprehensively. “This was a massive undertaking in line with our commitment to continuously improving our vast network of roads to meet the needs and expectations of our growing community,” Karin says.

“We are grateful to community members for their patience while we completed these works and hope that everyone will enjoy the smoother, safer drive this holiday season,” she added.

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