Old Hume Highway and Crimea Street intersection delayed by traffic lights

An aerial image of the ongoing project at Willow Vale, which will introduce a 4-way intersection at the Old Hume Highway and Crimea Street. Photo: WSC.
An aerial image of the ongoing project at Willow Vale, which will introduce a 4-way intersection at the Old Hume Highway and Crimea Street. Photo: WSC.

Highlanders travelling along the Old Hume Highway at Mittagong are wondering when the road works will finally end.

The only available answer is “soon”.

Works began on the Willow Vale project nearly a year ago and were originally due for completion by the end of 2016.

The works were scheduled in conjunction with the Willow Vale bridge replacement project, carried out by John Holland Rail on behalf of Transport for NSW.

However, a council update in late December revealed sub-contractor availability and technical issues with new traffic lights had caused a delay with the intersection progress.

A revised completion time of late January 2017 was issued.

The project included the realignment of Railway Terrace and construction of a four-way intersection at Crimea Street and the Old Hume Highway, including bus bays, footpaths and traffic lights.

Now in mid-February, road users are asking questions about the works that look all but complete, but are not yet operational.

A council spokesman said all civil works at the site had been completed by council and its contractors, but technical difficulties with traffic signals continued to cause delays on the project.

“Subject to suitable weather conditions, work is expected to be completed by the end of February,” he said.

When contacted for comment on the delays with the traffic lights, a Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said the intersection upgrade was being carried out by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

“Roads and Maritime Services will continue to work with council to ensure the lights are commissioned as soon as possible,” he said.

“All approvals for work were addressed by Roads and Maritime Services before Christmas, and Council was required to address some issues as part of the contract.”

Despite both authorities in agreement that the remaining traffic lights will be installed and in operation “as soon as possible,” to have the intersection functioning as planned, a clear date is yet to be announced.