Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road – overtaking lanes and safety improvements

The NSW Government has provided $20 million to build new overtaking lanes and improve safety on Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road.

Monaro Highway, Bredbo
Monaro Highway, Bredbo

Updates and announcements

Work will start on Monday 16 October 2017 to build an additional westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road, between Barry Way and Alpine Way in Jindabyne. Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, weather permitting.

A review of environmental factors was placed on public display in August.

A submissions report has been completed. View or download the submissions report (PDF, 1.53Mb).

Roads and Maritime would like to thank members of the public who took the time to contact the project team.

Work will also start on Monday 16 October 2017 to build a 1.5 kilometre westbound overtaking lane on Kosciuszko Road, near Slacks Creek at Coolringdon. The work is being carried out by Snowy Monaro Regional Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime. Working hours will be between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Background

Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road form part of the key freight, commuter and recreational route between the Snowy Mountains region and the ACT through to Sydney and surrounds. This is 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 the Kosciuszko Road from south of Cooma to Jindabyne via Berridale.

Project locations

Additional westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road from Barry Way to Alpine Way

Work will start in October to build an additional westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road for 1.6 kilometres, between the Barry Way roundabout and the intersection with Alpine Way, Jindabyne. The project cost is approximately $6.8 million and is aimed at improving traffic efficiency for motorists visiting the snow fields.

At the same time $2.7 million worth of asset maintenance work is being carried out, including repairs to the culvert at Widows Creek and rehabilitation to the existing road.

Work will start in October 2017, with working hours between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday.

As much work as possible will be carried out before the beginning of the 2018 snow season, however it is expected that some work will need to be completed after. Kosciuszko Road will return to full operation for the 2018 snow season, before work starts again in October 2018.

Additional south bound overtaking lane on Kosciuszko Road at Coolringdon

Roads and Maritime has engaged Snowy Monaro Regional Council to build a westbound overtaking lane on Kosciuszko Road, near Slacks Creek at Coolringdon.

The length of work is approximately 1.5 kilometres and also includes rehabilitation of the adjoining road pavement.

Work will start in October 2017 and take place between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays and weather permitting.

Work will cease during the winter months in 2018 to accommodate high traffic volumes visiting the snowfields. Work will resume in October 2018 after the snow season ends, to complete the remaining work.

Additional south bound overtaking lane on the Monaro Highway south of Michelago

Work is planned to start later in 2017 to build a southbound overtaking lane on the Monaro Highway approximately 5 kilometres south of Michelago.

The length of work will be approximately 1.6 kilometres and will also include shoulder widening and installation of roadside safety barrier.

Road safety improvements

Safety improvements will be made at targeted locations along both the Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road including the installation of safety barrier, profile line marking and shoulder widening.

Project benefits

The project will improve road safety and traffic efficiency for road users in the Snowy Mountains region by:

  • Decreasing travel time and reducing congestion during peak snow season at Jindabyne by providing an additional westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road from Barry Way to Alpine Way
  • Providing two new overtaking lanes to improve traffic efficiency on this key route to the snow
  • Improve safety on both roads by installing safety barrier, profile line marking and shoulder widening to address run off road accidents, which are the most predominant crash type on these roads.

The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

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