Brindabella Rd upgrade shovel-ready, awaiting funding

The Brindabella Road.

When Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole visited Tumut last Friday to announce a roundabout for the Gocup Road and Snowy Mountains Highway intersection, he spoke about another topical road; the Brindabella Road.

When asked if there has been any progress towards safety upgrades for the road, he responded: “The Brindabella Road is a local road that is actually under the care and control of the local council.

“We have a funding program known as Fixing Local Roads. This Fixing Local Roads program sees about $500 million in that program being delivered to support councils for roads that they see of importance to them.

“In the first round there was no application put in by the council for Brindabella Road.

“There will be a number of additional rounds that will open in the coming months and the coming years.

“This is an opportunity for them to put this road forward as a priority for consideration of funding if they wish to do so.

“So we have funding available for roads like this, but it’s a matter for council to prioritise these roads and to put an application in for funding when the next round opens.”

Snowy Valleys CEO Matthew Hyde told The Times that the council has now made an application for funding via the Fixing Local Roads program.

“The upgrade of Brindabella Road is still very much front and centre for Council as a priority Advocacy Project and we continue to actively lobby and advocate for funding to upgrade the roadway,” he said.

“Council secured $308,000 as part of the Government’s Major Infrastructure fund to engage external consultants to update an existing economic feasibility study outlining the benefits of the upgrade, and detail a current cost estimate for the design of the major upgrade of the road section from Piccadilly Circus to the Goodradigbee bridge. This information is a key requirement for consideration of grant applications.

“The study work was completed in February 2019 and the estimated total cost to upgrade that section of roadway was valued in the order of $17million.

“With the full survey, design and cost plan complete, we were able to meet the grant criteria and make an application for $17million under the State Government’s Safer Roads Funding Program and have also lodged an application under the Government’s Fixing Local Roads Program for $17million, which closes in December.

“The project is ready to be delivered should funding be awarded.”