Old Cooma Road duplication moves forward

19 November 2019

Vehicles could be travelling on the first section of the upgraded Old Cooma Road as early as next month, as work on the duplication continues.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the NSW Government had invested $70 million into improving a number of roads in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.

“The duplication of Old Cooma Road will not only significantly improve safety along the busy stretch, but will also reduce travel time for residents of Googong and surrounds,” Mr Barilaro said.
“On average more than 11,000 vehicles travel on Old Cooma each day and that number is expected to grow to 16,000 by 2022.

“As the local member, it is important to me that residents feel safe when getting from A to B and that is why I’m excited to see work on this important piece of infrastructure continue to move forward.”

Stage 2 of the project includes two new lanes in each direction between Edwin Land Parkway and Googong Road, plus an additional northbound lane in the first stage section.

Traffic will be moved onto the new northbound carriageway at both ends of the project next month, followed by the start of work on the southbound carriageway.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall said cyclist and pedestrian safety is at the forefront of this project, with a 2.5 metre off-road shared path being built.

“The intersections at Wickerslack Lane, Tempe Crescent, Heights Road and Talpa Road will also be upgraded to improve safety in the area,” Cr Overall said.

“About 80 per cent of earthworks have already been completed, with about 40 per cent of road pavement work completed to date.”

The road is on track to be open to traffic in late 2020, weather permitting.

Work will cease from Friday 20 December and crews will return on Monday 6 January, in a bid to minimise the impact to motorists and the community during the holiday period.

More information is available from Monaro Palerang Roads Package.

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