Concept designs for Old Cooma Rd Stage 3 and interim intersection solution on exhibition

2 March 2015

The concept designs, including interim intersection plans and Review of Environmental Factors are now available for members of the public to view on Council's website, at Council's Customer Service Centre or the Queanbeyan Library.

Stage 3 of the Old Cooma Rd upgrade is the duplication of Cooma St, between Edwin Land Parkway and Southbar Rd to four lanes. The adopted Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (2031) shows that the construction of four lanes along this section of Cooma St is not required until around 2026.

The concept design includes an interim solution for the intersection of Barracks Flat Dr, Cooma St and Thornton Rd. Following this consultation period, the adopted design for the intersection will progress to detailed design and construction.

The preferred options for an interim solution at the Barracks Flat Dr intersection is either a seagull-type intersection, or a signalised intersection. When Stage 3 works are undertaken around 2026 the intersection would be signalised.

"Council received funding from the NSW Government to undertake design and environmental works on a number of roads around Queanbeyan to ensure the road network could cope with Queanbeyan's increasing population," Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

"Stage 3 of Old Cooma Rd upgrades will see the section from Southbar Rd to Edwin Land Parkway upgraded to four lanes, however traffic modelling shows construction isn't required until 2026.  Council is aware that traffic flow from Barracks Flat Dr and Thornton Rd has been impacted by increased traffic flow and as such will be progressing an interim solution for that intersection. The intersection solution can't wait until the Stage 3 works are undertaken, it needs to occur as a matter of urgency.  Two options to ease the pressure on this intersection have been presented to the community for their comment and feedback."

The adopted Googong and Tralee Traffic Study (2031) highlighted three stages of upgrades to Old Cooma Rd. Stage 1 was the realignment of Old Cooma Rd to remove the bends near the quarry and this was complete in 2014. Stage 2 is the duplication of Old Cooma Rd from the Edwin Land Parkway intersection to the Googong entrance, with design work currently underway.

"Old Cooma Rd is obviously a very important piece of Queanbeyan's road network and is the main road in and out of the Googong development," Cr Overall said. "Traffic modelling shows that duplication is not required for a number of years, however it's important for Council to undertake this preliminary planning now.

"The Old Cooma Rd project is separate from the Ellerton Drive Extension project which Council has recently put on public exhibition."

Council will also be holding two information sessions regarding the concept designs, including interim intersection solution, and Review of Environmental Factors. The information sessions will be held at the Karabar Community Centre at 181 Cooma St on Tuesday 10 March 2015 and Wednesday 18 March 2015 between 3pm and 7pm. Please come along and speak to members of the project team regarding the project.

Submissions will be received until 4.30pm on Monday 30 March 2015.