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A new roundabout, additional street lighting and drainage improvements will form part of the safety upgrade to one of Cooma’s busiest intersections.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government is investing $140 million towards the Safer Roads Program, which includes the work at the intersection of Monaro Highway and Baron Street in Cooma.
“Improving safety on our roads is critically important – even one death or serious injury on our roads is one too many,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“The Australian Government is serious about driving down death and serious injury on our roads and remains committed to achieving Vision Zero – zero deaths and serious injuries by 2050.
“Together with the New South Wales Government, we are investing $398 million into road safety improvements right across regional NSW under the Safer Roads Program, which will make a significant difference to the everyday lives of locals in regional communities like Cooma.”
Deputy Premier and State Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the new roundabout would help drive improved safety for locals who used the intersection every day.
“We know small projects like these can make a big difference to making sure people make it home safely at the end of the day,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Safer Roads Program will also create around 950 direct or indirect jobs over the life of projects, at a time when they’re needed most, building on our vision for a safer, stronger regional NSW.
“Stage 1 of works to upgrade the footpath and street corners, as well as relocate utilities, will start on Monday, before stage 2 works to build the roundabout, repair and resurface the road, build new concrete islands, install new signage, drainage work and street lighting follow.”
Senator for NSW Perin Davey said the Safer Roads Program is improving road safety while providing a boost to regional economies.
“This is a win for both the local industry and the community and it’s great we’re able to roll out life-saving measures like these to help achieve Vision Zero,” Senator Davey said.
The first stage of works kick-off on Monday 26 April 2021 and will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays for about six weeks, weather permitting.
The second stage of works will follow in late September for about eight weeks, with a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h and traffic control in place for the safety of workers and road users.
Motorists are advised to allow up to five minutes additional travel time and follow the direction of signage and traffic control.
For more information on this and other Safer Roads Program, visit the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.