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

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services is progressing with planning work to improve traffic efficiency and road safety on Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road. The scope of works being investigated includes:

  • Additional westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road from Barry Way to Alpine Way
  • Additional south bound overtaking lane on the Monaro Highway south of Michelago
  • Additional south bound overtaking lane on Kosciuszko Road at Coolringdon
  • Road safety improvements at targeted locations along both Monaro Highway and Kosciuszko Road including installation of safety barrier, profile line marking and shoulder widening.

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 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.

Next steps

  • Preliminary work on the first priority, the provision of a second westbound lane on Kosciuszko Road from the Barry Way to the Alpine Way is currently expected to start in the second half of 2017
  • The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for this first priority will be displayed to the community in mid-2017
  • Planning will continue for the two additional overtaking lanes
  • Investigations will continue into specific locations for safety improvements.
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