13 April 2024

Traffic conditions change as part of Monaro Highway upgrades

| Claire Sams
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The Monaro Highway

New signs are part of upgrades to stretches of the Monaro Highway near Cooma. Photo: File.

There will be changed traffic conditions on the Monaro Highway from Monday (15 April) to allow for safety upgrades in the region.

The works are part of a wider $20 million program to improve the road in key locations between the ACT and the Victorian border.

The upgrades include the installation of new signage, improved road markings and lane upgrades at nine town entry points in the Snowy Monaro region:

  • North and south of Bredbo
  • North, south and west of Cooma
  • North and south of Nimmitabel, and
  • North and south of Bombala.

If weather permits, the works are expected to start on Monday, about 650 metres north of Thurrung Street in Cooma.

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Work in other locations will follow between 7 am and 5 pm on weekdays, weather permitting, over the next four weeks.

As needed, temporary single lane closures, a reduced speed zone of 40 km/h and traffic control will be put in place to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison said the works would benefit a range of road users.

“The Monaro Highway forms part of the key freight, commuter and recreational route between the Snowy Mountains region and the ACT through to Sydney and surrounds,” she said.

“The upgrade work the NSW Government is carrying out is all about helping to save lives and keep communities safe in the Monaro region.”

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To further improve safety for motorists, from late April the speed limit will be reduced at two locations.

Message boards will be on site in the week before and after the speed zone reductions, to notify motorists of the changed speed limits.

In Bombala, the speed limit will drop from 60 km/h to 50 km/h for a 1.1-kilometre stretch along the Monaro Highway, from Young Street to 280 metres south of Cemetery Road.

This new limit will be in line with other speed zones in similar villages, such as Nimmitabel and Cooma.

Meanwhile, at Dairymans Plains, west of Cooma, the speed limit will be reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h for a 4.7-kilometre stretch along the Snowy Mountains Highway, from 140 metres east of Montague Street in Cooma to 520 metres west of Harlowe Road.

These changes are being made to reduce the risk of crashes, and follow the high rate of reported near misses on the highway.

Further information on the wider Monaro Highway safety upgrade program can be found on Transport for NSW’s website.

Original Article published by Claire Sams on About Regional.

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