Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has announced work will start next month to improve safety for motorists on Macquarie Pass.

Mr Ward said the NSW Government has allocated $2.3 million to carry out essential safety improvements on the road in the next two years.

“I’m delighted to say work will start in late July to provide a safer journey for motorists travelling along Macquarie Pass,” Mr Ward said.

“The work involves slope stabilization, widening of road shoulders, installing guardrail and replacing drains underneath the road to ensure stormwater can be quickly removed.

“Seven zones have been identified for treatment on Macquarie Pass between 100 metres and 3.5 kilometres west of Macquarie Rivulet Bridge.

“In order to carry out stage one of this work safely and efficiently, Macquarie Pass will be closed for three weeks with other essential maintenance work also being carried out including cleaning of gutters and drains and vegetation management.”

Mr Ward said Macquarie Pass will close each week from 6am on Monday and reopen on Friday at 3pm from Monday 24 July to Friday 11 August, weather permitting.

“On weekends one lane on Macquarie Pass will be open, with traffic control managing vehicle movements in one direction at a time,” Mr Ward said.

“Motorists should allow up to 20 minutes extra travel time.

“Residents living on Macquarie Pass will have access to their properties during work hours and should make themselves known to traffic controllers for help.”

Detours adding around 10 minutes to journey times from Robertson to Albion Park will be in place for light vehicles via Jamberoo Mountain Road.

The detour for heavy vehicles will be via the Hume Highway, Picton Road and the M1 Princes Motorway and motorists travelling from the Hume Highway to Albion Park should allow an extra 30 minutes travel time.

The community will be kept informed of changed traffic conditions as work progresses on the safety upgrade.

Motorists are thanked for their patience as work is carried out.

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