NSW Government releases Kings Hwy safety review

5 March 2013

NSW Government releases Kings Highway safety review

Roads Minister Duncan Gay, Member for Bega Andrew Constance and Member for Monaro John Barilaro have announced the Kings Highway will receive important upgrades aimed at lowering crash and casualty rates, following an extensive safety review of the road.

Crash trends, site visits and field inspections were carried out. Community consultation sessions were also held in May 2012, giving residents their say about Kings Highway safety.

A report released today by Transport for NSW details the work that can be done to make the route safer. “We will improve the road surface and surrounds, improve signage and safety barriers, reconsider whether current speed limits are appropriate and work to address issues of driver fatigue,” Mr Gay said.

“Both speed and fatigue were found to be significant issues on the Kings Highway, half of the crashes involving speed or fatigue involved local residents.

Mr Constance said the report recommends that 100km/h speed limits either side of Braidwood – where recent fatalities took place – be reduced to 80km/h. That will occur by the middle of the year.

“Environmental assessments are underway so that safety works can be initiated as quickly as possible.” Mr Barilaro said rock fall fences and a wider shoulder have already been installed replacing temporary concrete safety barriers between Bungendore and Braidwood.
Funding for the proposed safety works will be drawn from the Road Toll Response Package.

Since 2000, 38 people have died on the 117km inspected by the NSW Government. The highway, which links the ACT and the NSW South Coast, was the subject of site inspections by Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, NRMA, the Rural Fire Service and community representatives.

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NSW Government releases Kings Highway safety review.

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