SAFETY WORKS START ON SOFALA ROAD NEAR BATHURST

Drivers are set to benefit from smoother and safer journeys along Sofala Road on the outskirts of Bathurst, as works to widen road shoulders and upgrade the road surface along a three-kilometre stretch start tomorrow.

 

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said this section of road, about three kilometres just north of the city, was earmarked for improvement because its small road shoulders made it difficult for vehicles to recover if they veered off the road.

 

“We are working to improve the safety of motorists by widening and sealing the road shoulders, replacing the current road surface, and improving drainage,” Mr Toole said.

 

“With these upgrades, we’re also going to be able to deliver a more consistent speed limit of 80km/h, replacing 65km/h and 75km/h limits on the two main curves on the road.

 

“We’re also thinking long-term by strengthening and overlaying the road surface, which will provide up to a 20-year design life and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.”

 

The NSW Government has provided $2.4 million for this road safety upgrade, with work to start on Tuesday, 12 May.

 

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. A 40km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers.

 

Work is expected to be completed by Monday, 30 September, weather permitting.

 

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