Safety to be improved on Princes Highway north of Bega
12 November 2014
Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced work would start work next week to improve safety for motorists on the Princes Highway north of Bega.
Mr Constance said “Work to install a high friction road surface will be carried out four kilometres north of Bega around Whymans Road, known to many as the Bega Lookout Hill from Monday 17 November.
“The $160,000 project is funded from the State Blackspot Program.
“The work is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering safe and high quality services for the community and businesses across the state.
Mr Constance said “There were 13 crashes in the five years to June 2013, resulting in one person being killed and 14 injured.
“The majority of the crashes involved motorists losing control of their vehicle, particularly in wet conditions.
“Along with the high friction surface, new signs will also be installed to warn motorists of the approaching bends, Mr Constance said.
“These improvements are aimed at reducing the likelihood of vehicles losing control, particularly in bad weather, by improving traction and warning motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.”
Mr Constance said, Temporary safety measures were introduced earlier this year ahead of the upgrade, which included a reduction in the speed zone to 80km/h and warning signs.
“These signs will be removed once work is complete and the highway speed limit will be restored to 100km/h,” Mr Constance said.
Work will be carried out between 7am and 5.30pm from Monday 17 November to Friday 21 November.
Motorists are advised changed traffic conditions will be in place including lane closures and reduced speed limits. Electronic message signs will also advise motorists of the changed conditions.
Mr Constance said “I urge all motorists to obey the speed limits, plan your journey ahead of time and I thank you for your patience whilst these improvements are being undertaken”.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.
Media: Shannon Whitford – 6492 2056
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