Long-awaited overtaking lane opens

A $2.6 overtaking lane outside of Adelong opened last week.

A new overtaking lane is open at Adelong.

The NSW Government invested $2.6 million to build the one kilometre overtaking lane, with work involving widening the existing road surface, installing safety signs and barriers as well as drainage and slope improvements.

Motorists had been calling for the overtaking lane for years, with those calls growing louder once Visy opened its doors almost two decades ago and truck movements increased.

It’s the only overtaking lane on an almost 100km stretch of road between Talbingo and the Hume Highway.

Member of the Legislative Council Wes Fang said the project was a win for the community, tourists and the freight industry.

“After construction of the new overtaking lane kicked off in November last year, Transport for NSW crews were due to re-start work in early January following the festive break,” Mr Fang said.

“However, bushfires saw the teams redirected to help clean up bushfire-affected trees and roads around Talbingo and Adelong before returning to complete the project.

“Fortunately, February brought ideal weather conditions for construction, enabling the project team to recover lost time and deliver the lane.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new overtaking lane had opened one month ahead of schedule, despite aspects of the work being impacted by bushfires in the Snowy Mountains.

“The Snowy Mountains Highway is a key route connecting the Riverina with the Monaro and South Coast,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s a popular freight connection and winds through steep hills, which can see heavy vehicles reduce their speed to navigate the terrain.

“The new overtaking lane at Adelong will give motorists safe opportunities to overtake slower vehicles, helping them to get to their destination sooner and safer.

“By investing in infrastructure like the Snowy Mountains Highway we are also able to improve response times for emergency services, which is vital particular during natural disasters like the bushfires.”