BULLDOZERS and an excavator have moved in to help improve a stretch of road near Corowa which has claimed five lives since 2008.
The heavy equipment has ripped up trees alongside the Hopefield Road at Balldale, north of Corowa, as part of a $420,000 project to increase safety on the route.
Corowa mayor Fred Longmire, who lives nearby, expects the uprooting to be finished this week.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the edge of the road would be extended and line marking done.
“Work will be carried out to provide a sealed shoulder and recovery area on the 100 km/h section of road,” Mr Aplin said.
“Upgrading Hopefield Road will have great benefits for the community by providing a wider and safer road.”
The roadwork, which is expected to take five weeks, will occur from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturdays.