Safety to be improved on Princes Highway at Kiama

17 March 2016

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, has announced safety will be improved for motorists on the Princes Highway at Kiama with more than three kilometres of wire rope safety barrier to be installed.

Mrs Sudmalis said the Australian Government allocated $615,000 from the Federal Black Spot Program in an effort to stop cars crossing the median and onto the opposite side of the road.

“Wire rope safety barrier will be installed on the central median of the Princes Highway for about 3.1 kilometres between Gipps Street and David Smith Place,” said Mr Gareth Ward, State Member for Kiama said.

“This section of the highway does not contain any form of safety barrier and in the five years to March 2015, there were seven recorded crashes, including one fatal crash, along this stretch.

“The fatal crash involved a south bound vehicle crossing the median and colliding with a northbound vehicle.

“The installation of the wire rope safety barrier is expected to prevent crashes involving vehicles travelling to the wrong side of the road and will also allow emergency services to cross at various locations.”

Lane closures will be in place in both directions from Friday 18 March for site preparation and from 29 March to 22 April to install the wire rope safety barrier.

Work hours will be between 9am and 3pm on weekdays, weather permitting

Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place during work hours for the safety of workers and motorists.

Roads and Maritime Services thank the community for its patience while work is carried out.

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

Media Contacts: Ann Sudmalis 0409 609 463 | Gareth Ward 0401 499 933

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