Steph Cooke leans on a guide post and stands beside the Olympic Highway. Behind her is a large sign that says 'Roadwork Ahead'

Motorists will soon benefit from improved safety on the Olympic Highway with work starting next week to upgrade a 1.6-kilometre section north of Young.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the $3.6 million project was the second stage of a project to improve safety on a 2.4-kilometre section of the highway between Old Monteagle Road and Apps Lane.

“This section is in need of an upgrade after a review identified safety concerns due to the rough surface of the ageing road,” Ms Cooke said.

“The first stage of the project was carried out last year and involved upgrading an 800-metre section immediately to the west of Apps Lane by widening the road, improving the road surface, installing safety barriers, upgrading signage and removing trees to reduce the risk of a crash.

“The project will continue the upgrade along a further 1.6-kilometre section, and will reduce ongoing maintenance costs by preventing further deterioration of the road surface.

“This stage of work will support 20 jobs, using local workers and Transport for NSW staff.”

Work will start on Monday, 27 July and will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. It is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place during some stages of the project for the safety of workers and motorists, including traffic control, lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h during work hours.

Access to nearby properties may also be restricted at times, and Transport for NSW will consult with affected property owners to minimise this disruption.

Motorists should plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys and follow the direction of traffic control and signs.

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