Concept design

Tumut intersection upgrade

Transport for NSW is building a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection with Gocup Road to address identified safety and traffic efficiency concerns at this important junction for the Tumut community and all road users.

Latest news

MAR 2022

MAR 2022Capper Street open during early work

Preliminary work on the new roundabout at the intersection of the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road started earlier this month.

Transport is building the roundabout to address identified safety and traffic efficiency concerns for the Tumut community and all road users.

The early work includes some vegetation removal, relocating utilities and other site work which needs to be completed before construction on the roadway starts.

Initial plans included the closure of Capper Street during early work. However, new traffic management plans enable Capper Street to remain open as long as possible before major earthwork starts, to limit traffic disruption to the community.

Single lane closures, traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place and may affect travel times.

Following the completion of early work, Capper Street will be closed for improved safety and to minimise wait times on other stages.

Transport will keep the community updated on the progress of the project Work on the project is expected to take 12 months.

MAR 2022

MAR 2022Work starts on new roundabout at Tumut on 14 March

Transport is building a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection with Gocup Road to address identified safety and traffic efficiency concerns for the Tumut community and all road users.

Work will start Monday 14 March 2022 and is expected to take about 12 months to complete.

The first stage of work is expected to take about four months and will include:

  • setting up the work site on Gocup Road, next to the Snowy Valleys Council work depot
  • removing selected vegetation and trees along Gocup Road and the Snowy Mountains Highway, and at the intersection near the Butter Factory to improve sight visibility
  • relocating utilities to prepare for further work at the intersection
  • carrying out earthworks to widen the intersection as well as flatten the road slope along Gocup Road and the Snowy Mountains Highway to improve safety.

Capper Street will be closed for improved safety and to minimise wait times on the other stages.

Single lane closures, traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place and may affect travel times.

Pedestrian access along Tumut Wetlands between Gocup Road and Snowy Mountains Highway will be closed from Monday 14 March 2022 for about seven months.

DEC 2021

DEC 2021Submissions report and new community update online now

Transport for NSW is sharing feedback received from the consultation period for the Review of Environmental Factors (REF). For more information view the submissions report (PDF, 1.25Mb). The latest community update (PDF, 1.62Mb) outlining next steps for this project is also out now.

Project information

Transport for NSW is building a roundabout at the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road intersection.

Following a strong push from the community to make further changes to improve safety at the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection with Gocup Road, Transport for NSW engaged the Centre for Road Safety to investigate the best possible safety outcome for the community.

Options investigated as part of the review were traffic lights, closing Capper Street, raising the intersection, closing Gocup Road and moving the intersection.

A roundabout was determined to be the best solution.

A roundabout was rated highest in safety performance of all options considered, best addressing the community's safety concerns.

Roundabouts help make intersections safer by:

  • reducing vehicle speeds, making it easier to choose a safe gap in traffic
  • minimising the impact angles of approach, leading to lower severity crashes, have fewer conflict points and direct motorists in one direction
  • reducing the risk of being seriously injured by up to 85 per cent.

Studies have shown roundabouts are safer than traffic lights, improve traffic flow and are more efficient for heavy vehicles.

A roundabout at this location will:

  • improve safety for all road users
  • improve traffic flow and efficiency, particularly heavy vehicles
  • improve connections to regional communities.
  • include walking paths and pedestrian access

Transport for NSW began safety improvements at the intersection of Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road at Tumut in April 2020 to improve safety and efficiency for all road users.

Work included installing vehicle-activated signs to improve safety, warning road users to slow down and providing advanced notice of conditions ahead, formalising the traffic arrangement, vegetation removal, upgrading line marking and signage and installing medians, kerbs and safety barrier.

These improvements, combined with installation of a roundabout, will assist in reducing the number of crashes, improving safety for the people of Tumut.

We understand the community has safety concerns at this intersection and we are prioritising installation of the new roundabout.

With possible impacts to Tumut wetlands, areas of heritage significance, nearby properties and a number of utilities being located within the project footprint, a large amount of planning has been carried out.

Transport has worked collaboratively with external agencies and key stakeholders to prioritise and coordinate activities.

Following the first stages of work, major construction on the roundabout will be carried out and will include:

  • resurfacing the road to prepare for the construction of the new roundabout. This includes widening the road shoulder to improve sight visibility and allow access for large vehicles to turn
  • building a new 50-metre-wide roundabout
  • installing kerb, gutters and drainage.

Minor works will take about one month to complete and will include:

  • carrying out line marking
  • installing road signs and safety barriers
  • removing the work site.

We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed about the Snowy Mountains Highway and Gocup Road intersection upgrade as the project progresses.

Project documents

Community updates

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December 2021 community update

Consultation feedback on the Tumut intersection upgrade.

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September 2021 community update

Transport for NSW invites you to have your say!

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May 2021 community update

Planning continues on Tumut intersection upgrade.

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December 2020 community update

Tumut intersection upgrade.

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Reports

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November 2021 submissions report

Tumut intersection upgrade.

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Media releases

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28 September 2021

Have your say on design for new Tumut roundabout

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20 May 2021

Gocup Roundabout on track for 2021 start

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7 December 2020

Concept design unveiled for Gocup Roundabout

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20 October 2020

Community to help shape a safer Snowy Valleys intersection

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone:(02) 6923 6525

Email: south.west.projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

Post: PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

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