Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the start of ‘resealing season’ across the Cootamundra electorate.

Members of the South West Sealing Crew, including 17 workers based at Narrandera, will be part of a workforce delivering 2.5 million square metres of much-needed sealant across south-west NSW.

This area completely engulfs the Cootamundra electorate and much more besides.

“This project is a phenomenal undertaking – more than 3.5 million litres of bitumen and 24,000 cubic metres of aggregate will be rolled out over the next seven months during this $22.6 million NSW Government program,” Ms Cooke said.

“To put a context on those numbers, that is 85 road tankers of bitumen and 10 Olympic-size swimming pools of rocks on 300 kilometres of roads – the equivalent of 500 football fields.

“That’s an incredible challenge and it’s carried out every year in spring, but it’s one that has to be undertaken: the resealing process involves resurfacing roads to protect the underlying structure and provide a safe, textured surface for motorists.”

The work is expected to start this month and finish in March, mostly in rural areas, and will be short-term and have minimal impacts on road users. Line remarking will be carried out progressively.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community for their patience while this important road improvement work is carried out.

Road users on affected roads throughout resealing season will be kept up-to-date via routine traffic alerts. For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com download the live traffic app or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.