Major road safety upgrade completed at Whittingham
26 July 2013
Major road safety upgrade completed on the New England Highway at Whittingham
George Souris MP, Member for Upper Hunter said motorists travelling on the New England Highway at Whittingham can now benefit from a major safety upgrade completed to reduce the risk of head on crashes on the road.
“In the five years to December last year, 13 crashes occurred on the New England Highway between 500 metres and 3.2 kilometres north of the Golden Highway. The crashes resulted in three fatalities and eight injuries,” Mr Souris said.
“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) carried out more than $4 million worth of safety and traffic improvements along about a kilometre of the highway, funded by the NSW Government.
“As part of the work, RMS widened the highway by about three metres for a median wire rope barrier to be installed and improved access to several properties located on the highway.
“About 1.4 kilometres of median and roadside wire rope safety barrier was installed to reduce head on crash risk by preventing vehicles crossing to the wrong side of the road.
“RMS widened access to two properties for light vehicles to safely perform u-turns in front of properties whose access was restricted by the central median barrier.
“To enable the safety upgrade to be carried out, RMS needed to remove 800 metres of northbound overtaking lane at the northern end of the project. RMS is investigating other options to enable overtaking in this area.
“RMS thanks residents for their patience while upgrade work was underway.
“This project is yet another example of RMS’ commitment to improving safety on the New England Highway in the Upper Hunter,” Mr Souris concluded.
Contact G Souris: Office (02) 6543 1065; Parliament
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