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Travelling to the NSW snow fields is about to get a whole lot easier
Traffic efficiency and safety improvements are one step closer for motorists travelling to the NSW snow fields on the Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Way, Member for Monaro John Barilaro said.
Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government has allocated $20 million to build new overtaking lanes and install safety barriers, new line marking and widen the road shoulders.
“The Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road form a key freight and commuter route between the Snowy Mountains region and the ACT through to Sydney,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is also the key route used by motorists travelling to the NSW snow fields.
“The focus of the $20 million improvements will be the Monaro Highway between the ACT border and Cooma and Kosciuszko Road from south of Cooma to Jindabyne via Berridale.
“When the new overtaking lanes are completed, travel times and safety will be improved for motorists, particularly during peak snow season at Jindabyne.
“Early work on the first of the priority overtaking lanes, a second westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road from Barry Way to the Alpine Way, is expected to start later this year.”
Mr Barilaro said a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) will be displayed for community comment next month for this overtaking lane.
“Investigations will continue at other locations where overtaking lanes are proposed,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Besides the Barry Way overtaking lane, the scope of investigations includes an extra southbound overtaking lane on the Monaro Highway south of Michelago and an extra southbound overtaking lane on Kosciuszko Road at Coolringdon.
“Installing safety barriers, new line marking and shoulder widening is also targeted along both the Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road.”
The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.