Steph Cooke sits in a car with her name branded on it in stickers.

The Hume Highway at Snowball Creek will be a hive of activity from this week as work starts to upgrade a 2.6 kilometre section of the highway.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said safety improvements, six kilometres south of Gundagai, would provide motorists with a safer, smoother road surface and new safety barriers, signs and line markings.

“Transport for NSW is carrying out the $6.5 million project to ensure this road serves the community well into the future by improving the surface and reducing further maintenance costs on this busy stretch of highway,” Ms Cooke said.

“This work was originally planned to start in the next financial year however a $1.5 million injection from the NSW Government’s economic stimulus program has enabled work on the project to start earlier.

“This work will provide safer and more reliable journeys for all road users and is supporting the local economy with the creation of 20 jobs on site.

“Work will involve rebuilding 2.6 kilometres of road, installing new safety barriers and signs, carrying out line marking and upgrading access to a truck parking area.”

From Wednesday 3 February the southbound lane will be closed and all traffic will be diverted onto the northbound section, for about eight weeks.

One lane southbound will reopen from Friday 26 March for the remainder of work. 

Reduced speed limits will be in place for the duration of the work.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, allow an extra five minutes travel time, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Transport for NSW thanks the community for its patience during this time.

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