Have a say on road safety improvements

2 May 2017

Community members are invited to give feedback on proposed safety improvements at Head and MacIntosh streets in Forster and at the intersection of Manning Street and Point Road at Tuncurry.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the NSW Government has allocated $300,000 to upgrade pedestrian refuges to improve safety and also traffic flow at the intersection in Forster.

The NSW Government has also set aside $100,000 to build a single lane roundabout to reduce the risk of crashes at the intersection of Manning Street and Point Road at Tuncurry.

“Too many pedestrians are injured and killed on NSW roads each year, so these two projects are of importance to the local community as it would make these intersections safer,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Work would involve installing pedestrian refuges on all legs close to the intersection of Head Street and MacIntosh Street.

“Another key feature is the installation of concrete islands on both sides of the road to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.

“With regard to the Tuncurry project, in the five years to 2016 there were 15 crashes at the intersection of Manning Street and Point Road, including five which resulted in serious injuries.”

“The majority of the crashes were caused by motorists turning right onto Manning Street from Point Road, so the proposed roundabout would improve safety for road users.”

“Work would involve changing line marking on Manning Street so eastbound motorists merge into one lane 130 metres before the proposed roundabout.”

“It would also help improve traffic flow at the intersection, while an upgrade to the pedestrian refuge on Manning Street would provide a safer crossing.”

Mr Bromhead said other improvements include extending or modifying the raised concrete median on Manning Street and removing vegetation to improve visibility.

Residents are encouraged to have a say on the Forster improvements by emailing sean.forsyth@rms.nsw.gov.au or writing to Sean Forsyth, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300 by Friday, 19 May.

Community members interested in having a say on the Tuncurry project are encouraged to email paul.galvin@rms.nsw.gov.au or writing to Paul Galvin, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300 by Friday 12 May.

Roads and Maritime Services will carefully consider all feedback and continue to keep the community informed as the proposals progresses.

View the original media release.

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