Transport for NSW has invited feedback on a proposed upgrade of the Gocup Road and Snowy Mountains Highway intersection in Tumut that has previously been labelled a 'death trap'.
The concept designs for the $15 million upgrade include the installation of a roundabout, modifying the gradient of approaching roads to improve visibility, widening the shoulder and lanes, trimming of vegetation including mature trees and relocating of a section of overhead powerlines.
Thousands of people signed a petition to modify the intersection after a 10-year-old girl and an unborn baby died in a two-vehicle collision last year.
Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the design release this week was a key milestone for works to transform the busy intersection to ensure smoother and safer journeys for all motorists.
"We know that the community wants to see this intersection upgraded as soon as possible, which is why I requested the Centre for Road Safety to conduct an immediate safety review of the intersection in May last year, which has led to the designs we are putting out," Mr Toole said.
"We're moving ahead as quickly as possible, with works scheduled to commence in early January next year and expected to take 12 months to complete.
"Interim safety works were completed in April last year, which included additional signage, new line marking and removal of vegetation, and with the designs released, the full upgrade is in sight."
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Wagga MP Joe McGirr said the release of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was good news for the community who were eager to see a permanent, safer intersection delivered.
"I strongly encourage the community and anyone who uses the intersection to read the REF and have their say on the design, so we can make sure we get the best outcome for Tumut and the region," Dr McGirr said.
"I also want to thank the Minister for taking this matter so seriously, for visiting the site in July last year to see for himself the community's concerns and for pushing to get a permanent solution in place as soon as possible."
The community can give feedback on the REF by emailing SouthProjects@transport.nsw.gov.au or by writing to the Tumut intersection upgrade project team at PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.
More information is available at: nswroads.work/tiu.
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