Work will start next week to improve safety for motorists at the intersection of Bendick Murrell Road and the Olympic Highway.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the NSW Government has committed $4.5 million through the Safer Roads Program.

“Improving safety for motorists turning off towards the town of Bendick Murrell is a top priority. In the five years to 2017, there were 13 accidents, including nine crashes resulting in injuries and one fatality. Even one life lost on NSW roads is one too many,” Ms Cooke said.

“The upgrade includes a dedicated right-turn lane from the highway onto Bendick Murrell Road for southbound traffic, as well as a left-hand deceleration lane for northbound highway traffic, road widening and removing trees to improve visibility.

“We’ll also be installing roadside safety barriers, improving line marking and providing new signage to increase awareness for Olympic Highway motorists on approach to the intersection.”

The work starting next week will be carried out between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. The project is expected to take six months to complete, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions including single lane closures closest to where work is taking place will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

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