New road safety barrier to protect people
New road safety barrier to protect people using Maitland Park
23 May 2014
Roads and Maritime Services will start work on Sunday to install a stronger safety barrier along the New England Highway at Maitland Park to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
Member for Maitland Robyn Parker MP said in the past four years, four crashes were recorded where vehicles hit the existing chain fence which separates the highway from the footpath and parkland
"Given the number of repairs needed on the chain fence recently we're concerned about the risk of a vehicle entering the park and injuring pedestrians, so a new concrete barrier will be installed," Robyn Parker said.
"This $300,000 project will better protect pedestrians along a 400 metre section of the highway next to the park.
'The new barrier may also reduce noise in Maitland Park from heavy traffic on the New England Highway and a new 30 meter shared path will be built to connect with existing paths.
"The project will also reduce maintenance costs from regular repairs to the existing chain fence.
"In the future a further 130 metres of safety barrier will be installed as part of the Maitland roundabouts upgrade, starting at the pedestrian footbridge at the Railway Station. The existing wire fence at this location will then be removed."
Changed traffic conditions will be in place on the westbound side of the New England Highway at Maitland Park from Sunday 25 May for Roads and Maritime to carry out this work.
To minimise the impact on traffic, work will be carried out at night from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 4.30am each week until the end of June, weather permitting.
Day work will also be carried out on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May between 1 Oam and 2pm, weather permitting.
Lane closures will be in place during work hours.
Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic App or call the Transport
Management Centre on 132 701.
Media: Robyn Parker MP-4933 1617
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