Reminder to have a say on safety improvements at Springwood

Roza Sage MP and Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus are inviting the community to have its say by Friday 26 September on a proposal to reduce crash risk and improve road safety at the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Macquarie Road, Spingwood.

“In the five years to 30 June 2012, 23 reported crashes occurred near this busy Springwood intersection with ten crashes resulting in injuries to 11 people and one fatal crash,” Mrs Sage said.

“Six crashes involved vehicles turning right out of Macquarie Road onto the Great Western Highway.

“Community members have also expressed  safety concerns about the length of the queue to exit the highway into Macquarie Road which could result in rear end crashes.”

To address these concerns, Roads and Maritime is seeking feedback from the community and stakeholders on a proposal to improve this intersection and provide safer left turns into Macquarie Road.

The Australian Government has provided $640,000 funding under the Black Spot Program for the proposed changes to this intersection with community members invited to have a say before work would proceed.

“I want to encourage feedback from the community and stakeholders on this proposal to improve road safety at this intersection,” said Mrs Markus.

The proposed work would involve installing a left turn only arrangement from Macquarie Road onto the highway to reduce crash risk and installing a 210 metre long concrete barrier on the centre median at Macquarie Road to reduce potential head-on collisions.

Other proposed work includes extending the westbound left turn deceleration lane on the Great Western Highway for vehicles turning into Macquarie Road to provide additional capacity, especially during the peak.

The time for written feedback to be submitted has been extended to Friday 26 September to the Project Manager, Springwood Project, Locked Bag 6501, St Leonards NSW 2065 or by email to enquiries_nsw@downermouchel.com.

Roads and Maritime will inform the community of consultation outcomes.

Media: Michael Cleggett - 0402 420 036

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