Transport for NSW is building a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection with Gocup Road to address identified safety and traffic efficiency concerns at this important junction for the Tumut community and all road users.
DEC 2020Community update is out now
Transport for NSW is in the early planning stages for the construction of a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains intersection with Gocup Road.More information
A community update is out now, outlining the project, early concept design and next steps.
View or download the community update (PDF, 612Kb).
Transport for NSW is building a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road intersection.
Following a strong push from the community to make further changes to improve safety at the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection with Gocup Road, Transport for NSW engaged the Centre for Road Safety to investigate the best possible safety outcome for the community.
Options investigated as part of the review were traffic lights, closing Capper Street, raising the intersection, closing Gocup Road and moving the intersection.
A roundabout was determined to be the best solution.
A roundabout was rated highest in safety performance of all options considered, best addressing the community's safety concerns.
Roundabouts help make intersections safer by:
- reducing vehicle speeds, making it easier to choose a safe gap in traffic
- minimising the impact angles of approach, leading to lower severity crashes, have fewer conflict points and direct motorists in one direction
- reducing the risk of being seriously injured by up to 85 per cent.
Studies have shown roundabouts are safer than traffic lights, improve traffic flow and are more efficient for heavy vehicles.
A roundabout at this location will:
- improve safety for all road users
- improve traffic flow and efficiency, particularly heavy vehicles
- improve connections to regional communities
- include walking paths and pedestrian access
Transport for NSW began safety improvements at the intersection of Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road at Tumut in April 2020 to improve safety and efficiency for all road users.
Work included installing vehicle-activated signs to improve safety, warning road users to slow down and providing advanced notice of conditions ahead, formalising the traffic arrangement, vegetation removal, upgrading line marking and signage and installing medians, kerbs and safety barrier.
These improvements, combined with installation of a roundabout, will assist in reducing the number of crashes, improving safety for the people of Tumut.
We understand the community has safety concerns at this intersection and are prioritising installation of the roundabout.
With possible impacts to Tumut wetlands, areas of heritage significance and nearby properties, a large amount of planning is required.
We are working as quickly as possible on development of the project, including concept design, environmental studies, property acquisition and investigations.
Construction on the new roundabout is expected to start in late 2021 and will take up to 10 months to complete, subject to project approvals and weather.
We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed about the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road intersection upgrade as planning progresses.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone:(02) 6923 6525
Post: PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650