Motorists can expect a safer drive on the Illawarra Highway at Robertson, with road safety upgrades starting in February.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the NSW Government was doing important improvement work to ensure all road users reach their destination safely.

“This work will be carried out across two sites between Fountaindale Road and East Street at Robertson and between Pearsons Lane and McGraths Road west of Robertson,” Ms Tuckerman said.

“Work will include installing new signs, tree removal, shoulder widening, minor table drain upgrades, road resurfacing, centerline widening and new line marking.

“Additional safety barriers will be installed for 1.7 kilometres between Pearsons Lane and McGraths Road at Robertson.”

The work will address the location’s crash history, and focus on improving safety around curves.

In the five years to June 2018 there were three crashes resulting in serious injury, including one head on and two run off road type crashes in Robertson. There were six crashes including four run off road crashes west of Robertson during the same period.

Work will be carried out in two stages, starting between Fountaindale Road and East Street Robertson on weekdays from Monday 8 February for about four weeks between 9.30am and 2.30pm, weather permitting.

Stage two, between Pearsons Lane and McGraths Road, will be carried out from Monday 22 February on weekdays for about five weeks, weather permitting.

Single lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place during work hours, for the safety of motorists and workers.

Motorists should allow up to five minutes extra travel time during these two stages of work and Transport for NSW thanks the community for its patience.