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Thursday, 23 August 2018

The duplication of Old Cooma Road is one step closer to becoming a reality with tenders opening for the construction of the project.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall have announced that construction tenders for the project are now open.

The NSW Government will fund the duplication, designed to significantly improve safety along the busy road.

“There’s no denying that Googong is growing faster than predicted and pressure on Old Cooma Road is significant,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Last year I met with members of the Googong Residents Association who were concerned that Old Cooma Road was not up to scratch to connect Googong to Queanbeyan,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Googong residents have relayed to me first hand examples of accidents, traffic jams and near misses, with some residents too scared to drive into Queanbeyan at night due to the poor state of the road.

“That’s why I secured a $70m roads package for Queanbeyan that will deliver the duplication of Old Cooma Road, sealing of Nerriga Road and a new roundabout on the Kings Highway in Bungendore.”

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Cr Tim Overall said more than 11,000 vehicle travels along Old Cooma Road per day with 16,000 expected to use the road by 2022.

“Through our community strategic planning we know that the community wants roads that allow safe and easy travelling, provide connectivity, and reduce congestion,” Cr Tim Overall said.

“The Stage 2 duplication of Old Cooma Road is a key action of the Googong and Tralee Traffic Study 2031 that found the duplication was required in order to maintain a suitable level of service during peak periods for travellers in the south of Queanbeyan.

“On behalf of our community, I am very pleased that the NSW Government has provided funding to allow us to bring this important piece of road work forward and commence the construction later this year.”

The project will involve the 4.5km long duplication of Old Cooma Road from Edwin Land Parkway to Googong Road. There will be two lanes in each direction, as well as a provision for cyclists and a 2.5 metre off road shared path.

Construction tenders close at 2pm on Wednesday 17 October.

Construction should start later this year.

Temporary speed reductions will be in place throughout the construction zone. Drivers are reminded to drive to the conditions and to observe all temporary traffic measures.