An upgrade of the Hume Highway has started as part of ongoing efforts to revamp the road at South Gundagai.
The next stage of work, part of critical upgrades to improve the safety and efficiency of the highway, began on Monday (5 February) and is expected to be completed by late April with changed traffic conditions in place.
Transport for NSW regional director (south) Cassandra Ffrench said $12 million had been invested into upgrading 15 kilometres of the Hume south of Gundagai.
“The NSW Government will provide a further $6 million for stage five of this project, which will involve rebuilding the road surface, upgrading safety barriers and median island on the southbound carriageway from south of Sheahan Bridge to 500 metres south of South Street,” Ms Ffrench said.
“The existing road surface is damaged and aged, resulting in high routine maintenance costs.
“These repairs will not only reduce these costs but also provide a stronger, smoother and safer road surface on the Hume Highway, which will benefit the 12,000 motorists who use this section every day.”
The roadwork will be split into two parts to limit impacts on motorists. Part one will focus on the southbound carriageway between Middle Street and Jessops Lagoon Road.
Transport for NSW will close the southbound carriageway, with all southbound traffic diverted to the northbound carriageway under two-way lanes.
During this work, the only access into South Gundagai from the highway will be via Middle Street, with South Street access restricted to vehicles exiting South Gundagai to the Hume Highway southbound carriageway.
Part two will focus on the southbound carriageway between Sheahan Bridge and Middle Street and will involve single-lane closures and reduced speed limits.
The roadwork will be carried out on weekdays from 7 am to 10 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. The project is expected to be completed by late April 2024, weather permitting.
Transport for NSW urged motorists to drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic controls.
Reduced speed limits of 40 km/h, 60 km/h and 80 km/h will apply for the protection of motorists and workers.
Oversize and over-mass vehicles will be required to pull over at the designated heavy-vehicle parking bays about five kilometres north of Gundagai on the southbound carriageway and two kilometres south of Gundagai on the northbound carriageway.
Vehicles will be required to call the UHF number listed on electronic signage before entering the work zone.
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