Intersection investigation continues

The Snowy Mountains Highway-Gocup Road intersection.

More than a year after the state government first announced $500,000 in the 2017 budget to investigate safety improvements to the notorious Gocup Road and Snowy Mountains Highway intersection, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) says investigation work has started on medium to longer term improvements to the crash hot-spot.

The RMS said further planning work will be carried out this financial year to determine suitable options, which will include community consultation.

“In the meantime, Roads and Maritime continues to improve safety at this location by upgrading signs and trimming trees,” a spokesperson said.

“These safety improvements are expected to be completed in November 2018, weather permitting.”

Making the intersection safer can’t come soon enough for Simon Rossato, whose workplace, Tumut River Brewing Co, overlooks the intersection.

“Literally every day we see near misses,” he said.

“If you sat out there and drank a beer you would struggle not to see one; it’s ridiculous.

“It really is amazing there’s not more crashes. Local awareness is the only reason it is not worse, and also the knowledge of truck drivers of how bad it is.”

Mr Rossato said it was predominantly light vehicles that made mistakes at the intersection.

“And ninety per cent of them that cause the near misses are coming from Gocup Road,” he said.