Safety first! Work starts to reduce risk of ice on Snowy Mountains Highway

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

With winter fast approaching, work is now underway to improve safety on the Snowy Mountains Highway and lessen the likelihood of black ice, Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

Mr Barilaro said the project involves removing trees from beside the highway near Steeple Flat Road to ensure the safety of motorists.

“Anyone who has travelled on the Snowy Mountains Highway during the cooler months will know how prone it is to being covered in ice,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Black ice can be incredibly slippery and the hope is it will no longer be a problem or a risk along this part of the Snowy Mountains Highway.

“By removing trees along a 250 metre section beside the highway, the road will have greater exposure to the winter sun and the risk of black ice formation will be reduced.”

Mr Barilaro said aside from improved safety, the other added benefit of this project is the increased longevity of the road.

“Black ice reduces the life span of any road, as the surface seal deteriorates and requires extensive and ongoing maintenance to ensure it is safe,” Mr Barilaro said.

“By reducing the risk of black ice formation, the life span of the road is expected to increase and will therefore reduce ongoing maintenance costs and disruptions to the community when work takes place.”

Mr Barilaro said work will be carried out between 7am and 5pm and is expected to be completed in time for the start of the ski season in June, weather permitting.

“Changed traffic conditions including temporary lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during work hours to ensure the project is carried out as safely and efficiently as possible.

“Motorists are thanked in advance for their patience.”

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