The Cootamundra electorate will receive $5,670,000 for vital road safety works as round four of the $822 million Safer Roads Program begins to roll out.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the investment being made through the Safer Roads Program was saving lives on our roads.
“Projects like these make a huge difference to locals, visitors, primary producers and transport operators, and help ensure everyone who travels on our roads makes it home safely at the end of the day,” Ms Cooke said.
“The NSW Government is committed to reducing the road toll and it is estimated the program will prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years.”
“This round of the program will see $135 million invested in 78 new projects across the state as well as continuing projects from previous rounds.”
“These road improvements are designed to save lives and will include:
- Hume Highway – Gundagai South of river – Install new median flexible barrier and replace existing roadside semi-rigid barrier
- Hume Highway – Gundagai North of river – Install central median safety barrier including median shoulder widening
- Burley Griffin Way, Galong – Flexible barriers, CAMs, curve and advisory speed signage, vegetation clearing for clear zone and formation widening on northern curve
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said this latest round of the program built on the Federal and NSW Government’s $408 million commitment in March to deliver hundreds of projects designed to reduce road trauma and save lives.
“Both governments have a shared goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our roads, because no one should have to hear the devastating news that a loved one has lost their life in a crash,” Mr Toole said.
“More than $92 million of this funding will be invested in making our regional roads safer through improvements like safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centre lines.
“We know how important good roads are in the bush – projects like these are ensuring every trip is a safer one and building on our vision for a safer, stronger regional NSW.”
Statewide round four of the Safer Roads Program will deliver:
- 28 kilometres of safety barrier, which absorb impact forces and protect vehicle occupants, reducing the severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 95 per cent.
- 167 kilometres of rumble strips to alert motorists they are departing from their lane, reducing the likelihood of this crash type by up to 25 per cent.
- More than 30 kilometres of wide centreline providing a greater distance for drivers to recover from lane departure, reducing the likelihood of head-on crashes by up to 50 per cent and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 per cent.
- 313 high-risk rural curve improvements including shoulder sealing, safety barriers, rumble strips, signage upgrades and line-marking upgrades.
- 47 urban intersection improvement projects including roundabouts and traffic signal upgrades.