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$1.3M in safety upgrades announced for Snowy Mountains Highway

Motorists using the Snowy Mountains Highway in Pine Valley, New South Wales, will benefit from a series of upgrades as part of the Federal and State Governments’ commitment to improving the safety and reliability of regional road networks.

With $400,000 from the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and $900,000 from the NSW Government’s Network Efficiency Program, safety works will involve widening multiple sections of the Snowy Mountains Highway to provide more space for light and heavy vehicles to co-exist.

This includes widening the left-turn lane eastbound at Kosciuszko Road and installing safety barriers as part of the jointly funded works.

As an access route for the Snowy 2.0, the NSW Government said there has been a noticeable increase in traffic along this section of the highway, including frequent heavy vehicle movements.

The investment in safety upgrades, therefore, will look to reduce congestion and the likelihood of rear end crashes.

“As the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Region, this highway is the key arterial route between Cooma and Jindabyne or Tumut, servicing high volumes of tourist and visitor traffic during winter, providing access to the Selwyn Snowy Resort from the southeast,” said Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education and Member for Monaro, Steve Whan.

“These upgrades will go a long way to providing a much safer journey for all motorists and improving the travel experience for everyone in our beautiful region.”

Work is already underway to widen and seal one kilometre of southbound shoulders, which is expected to take around six weeks.

Work on the intersection upgrade is due to commence soon and is expected to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting.

In other news, the National Bulk Tanker Association has announced Arnold Dix as the keynote speaker for Bulk Tanker Day.

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