Spring start for $70 million upgrade of Gocup Road
Member for Cootamundra and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson and Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire today advised planning for the $70 million upgrade of Gocup Road is progressing well with further work expected to start this spring.
Ms Hodgkinson said Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out environmental assessment, design and property acquisition in preparation for the remaining sections of Gocup Road to be upgraded in the next five years.
“The upgrade work planned for Gocup Road, between Tumut and Gundagai, includes widening the road, straightening curves, installing overtaking lanes, wire rope barrier and strengthening sections of the road surface to withstand heavy loads,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The upgrade work will improve road safety for all Gocup Road users while meeting the needs of existing and future freight vehicles and minimising future maintenance costs.
“A Gocup Road steering committee, including representatives from Roads and Maritime Services and both Gundagai and Tumut Shire Councils, meets regularly to plan the upgrade.
“The committee will ensure road users, local residents and businesses will be kept up to date about project progress and how impacts from the work may affect them.
Mr Maguire said while The NSW Government is looking at a number of years of road work along sections of Gocup Road, the end result will be significant to the region.
“The planned upgrades will ensure Gocup Road can continue to service heavy vehicles, local communities and businesses, commuters and tourists,” Mr Maguire said.
“Work was completed recently on two sections of Gocup Road – at Minjary Creek north of Tumut and near the abattoir three kilometres south of Gundagai.
“These projects have significantly improved road safety by widening the road, straightening curves and improving drainage.
“More information will be provided to the community when a work program has been finalised,” Mr Maguire said.