$800,000 safety work underway for Princes Highway at Jerrawangala
5 December 2018
Work began this week on essential safety improvements on the Princes Highway at Jerrawangala.
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said $800,000 in NSW Government funding made the works possible and was part of a multi-million package of safety improvements being made up and down the length of the Princes Highway.
“Work is being carried out to improve safety for motorists through Jerrawangala and will include a road upgrade to a high friction surface for one kilometre to improve safety in wet weather, a widened centreline, and the installation of new safety barriers,” Mrs Hancock said.
“The Princes Highway at Jerrawangala has a poor crash history, particularly in wet weather with 21 crashes recorded in the area between July 2012 and February 2018, 19 of these in wet weather conditions,” Mrs Hancock said.
“This important safety upgrade will provide a safer road surface and new safety barriers to reduce the risk of run off road crashes.
“Tragically, over the period from December 2017 to June 2018 eight lives were lost on the Princes Highway.
“Nobody wanted to see more lives lost, so the community and I lobbied hard to see safety improved along notorious sections of the highway.
“Already at Bendalong, the site of the Falkholt crash, immediate safety improvements have been installed and are now complete, reducing the likelihood of a severe accident.
“The works underway at Jerrawangala will also make one more section of the highway safer as we continue to work towards securing a funding agreement with the Federal Government and the duplication of the highway to the Victorian border,” Mrs Hancock said.
Work will take place from 7am to 5pm on weekdays until Wednesday 19 December.
There will be no work during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Work will restart on Monday 14 January and will take three weeks to complete, weather permitting.
For the safety of workers and motorists, temporary lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place during work hours.
A reduced speed of 60 km/h will be in place outside of working hours as required.
Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.