Safety improvements on Freemans Drive


Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced today that work will start on Tuesday to improve safety on Freemans Drive north of Palmers Road at Freemans Waterhole.

Mr MacDonald said the NSW Government had allocated $4 million to upgrade Freemans Drive to improve road safety and reduce crash risk.

“In the five year period to December last year there were 20 crashes including 11 resulting in injury on this 800 metre section between one and 1.8 kilometres north of Palmers Road,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Safety improvements involve widening the shoulders on both sides of Freemans Drive, rebuilding a retaining wall and a median safety barrier to reduce head on crashes.”

Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5.30pm and Saturdays between 8am and 1pm and is expected to take around six months to complete, weather permitting.

Traffic control, a reduced 40 km/h speed limit and lane closures will be in place near work for the safety of staff and motorists.

Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs including the 40 km/h speed limit.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience while this work is carried out.

For the latest traffic information, visit, download Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.

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Media: Scot MacDonald MLC, 02 9230 2393

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