Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has said the NSW Government is providing $1.75 million to improve the safety of the Hume Highway near the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox monument at Gundagai.

Ms Cooke said the work, which will start next month, will provide a stronger, smoother and safer road surface.

“This is perhaps the busiest road in the electorate and it’s vital that it be kept in the best condition possible,” she said.

Work on vehicle access and site set-up will start on Monday 10 September, 450 metres north of the intersection of Annie Pyres Drive and the Hume Highway.

Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, and is expected to be completed by 19 October 2018, weather permitting.

The road surface upgrade will then start on Monday 22 October, about two kilometres north of the Dog on the Tuckerbox.

“This work will require closure of the southbound lanes to upgrade the road surface, including replacing large concrete road slabs and installing new linemarking and road markers,” Ms Cooke said.

“This road rebuilding work will extend the life of the road, improve the road surface and reduce future maintenance costs on one of Australia’s most significant highways.

“It may well cause some delays and so it is important for drivers to add this into their route or schedule planning and allow some more travel time, follow the direction of traffic controllers and observe reduced speed limits and all signs,” she said.

Work will be carried out on weekdays between 6am and 5pm and Saturdays between 7am to 1pm, and is expected to take eight weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Motorists are advised that the highway’s southbound lanes will be closed and the northbound lanes changed to single, two-way lanes during the work. Northbound lanes will be under 80, 60 and 40km/h temporary reduced speed limits for the length of the project.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.