$70.9 MILLION BOOST FOR VITAL ROAD SAFETY PROJECTS

The most dangerous hotspots on NSW roads will be upgraded as part of the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program, which will help drive the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads Towards Zero

Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced a $70.9 million investment to deliver 180 vital safety upgrades this financial year.

One of the initiatives is a $275,000 roadwork project near O’Connell at Blacks Mill Lane which has been identified as needing safety improvements.

“The work includes the installation of vehicle activated warning signs to cover a 1.9km stretch of the roadway on Blacks Mill Lane with the aim of reducing crashes related to inadequate warning of road and roadside hazards,” Mr Toole said.

Other life-saving initiatives being rolled out across the state include re-engineering dangerous curves, installing rumble strips to alert tired drivers, widening shoulders and centre lines, and installing flexible wire rope barriers to help prevent run-off-road and head on crashes.

“Roads and Maritime Services will also be using proven engineering treatments to reduce the number and severity of crashes on the state’s roads,” Mr Toole said.

Mr Toole said 64 per cent of the investment will be directed to regional NSW, delivering 125 projects.

“Last year, 272 people killed on NSW roads were in the country, so this will go a long way to reduce the number of fatalities on regional roads,” Mr Toole said.

“The NSW Government has invested over $282 million in road safety in the current financial year, and this $70.9 million from our Safer Roads Program will deliver more important safety upgrades in 2018-19 for many of our most dangerous roads.”

The Liberals and Nationals established the Safer Roads Program in 2014, and to date have invested $193.6 million and delivered 490 road safety upgrades up.

Safer Roads projects are funded from the Community Road Safety Fund, which receives all revenue from speed and red-light cameras in NSW