Work underway at intersection

A memorial marking the tragic double fatality on May 16, 2020, overlooks the Gocup Road-Snowy Mountains Highway intersection, at which roundabout work has started.

Work has started on the new roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road intersection in Tumut to replace the high traffic, four-way intersection and improve safety and traffic flow.

Early work has included setting up the work site on Gocup Road and removing selected vegetation and trees to improve visibility.

The project is expected to take about 12 months, weather permitting.

Initial plans included the closure of Capper Street during early work. However, new traffic management plans enable Capper Street to remain open as long as possible before major earthwork starts, to limit traffic disruption to the community.

A tragic accident which killed a mother and her ten-year-old daughter in May 2020 was the catalyst for the transformation of the intersection, which has seen countless other accidents and near misses over the years.

It was identified as being among the top 2.1 per cent of intersections for risk in NSW using the Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety’s Safter Roads Risk Assessment and Safe Systems approach. 

Crashes usually happen when drivers don’t give way when driving into Tumut via Gocup Road.

Tumut’s first set of traffic lights were originally announced for the intersection, but this plan was later shelved.

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