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The Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, The Hon. Sam Farraway MC, has informed Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) that the NSW Government will provide Council with $1 million to upgrade Annie Pyers Drive, at Gundagai.

The funding is part of the 2022/23 Rural and Regional Roads Fund and will go towards improving the current road surface.

Annie Pyers Drive has been in an appalling state with the wet weather, mass heavy vehicle traffic and has been subject to negotiations between Council and TfNSW over maintenance and upkeep. Annie Pyers Drive is the entry and exit point to the Dog on the Tuckerbox precinct and service centre located on the Hume Highway.

Further geotechnical investigations and pavement design works will need to be undertaken before the site is ready for reconstruction.

CGRC mayor Charlie Sheahan welcomed the news, pleased that some resolution to the state of the road has been forthcoming from the NSW Government.

“There has been a long running issue with Annie Pyers Drive, Council is responsible for the road, however the bulk of traffic on it is generated from the Hume Highway, not local traffic. The movement of traffic, particularly the heavy vehicles that enter and exit the drive cause a lot of damage to a road that frankly wasn’t meant to take that volume. This is a great step forward and I’m sure motorists and those who frequent Annie Pyers Drive will benefit from the upgrade,” Cr Sheahan said.

CGRC Engineers will commence planning and design work as soon as possible.

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Annie Pyers Drive at the Dog on the Tuckerbox precinct has received $1 million from the NSW Government for major upgrade work.