Longstanding concerns about Annie Pyers Drive, home to the Dog on the Tuckerbox, have been heard by the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads during a visit to the Cootamundra electorate.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, the Hon Jenny Aitchison at the location on Friday, together with representatives from Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC).
“We know the upkeep required at Annie Pyers Drive is a significant burden for Council given the high volumes of traffic, including heavy vehicles, off the Hume Highway,” Ms Cooke said.
“I have made many representations on this matter to Transport for New South Wales over the years, including to the Regional Road reclassification Review.
“It is clear a longer-term solution for the road is desperately needed because the pavement deteriorates too quickly between maintenance works.
“The condition of the road is also a significant safety issue for all who access the service centre, including those who own a business and work here.”
Ms Cooke said although funding secured by CGRC for safety works at Annie Pyers Drive last year has been a significant boost, a longer-term solution would be for the road to be reclassified.
“This would allow Council to focus on crucial road and maintenance works elsewhere in the network and provide local businesses and road users some surety that the ongoing upkeep and works required at this location will be achieved.”