Road safety improvement work to start on Chifley Road near Lithgow

13 September 2011

Work will start to install permanent electronic message signs on Chifley Road near Lithgow.

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the work which will start on Thursday is one part of a $1.7 million Federal Government investment in safety upgrades to Chifley Road to improve the management of traffic, especially in poor weather.

“The Roads and Traffic Authority will install a permanent sign near the intersection of Chifley Road, Mort and Eddy streets in Lithgow,” the spokesperson said.

“A second sign will be installed just east of Bell on the Bells Line of Road.

“The signs to be installed over the next two weeks will warn motorists about wet weather conditions and any incidents which may have happened on Chifley Road or Bells Line of Road.

“In wet weather, motorists will be advised to reduce their speed on bends.

“In the event of a traffic incident between Lithgow and Bell, messages on the signs will alert motorists and suggest alternative travel routes to help avoid delays.”

The spokesperson said Chifley Road connects to Bells Line of Road and is an important route from the Central West to Sydney.

“The road is used by about 6000 vehicles a day, with about 500 of these being heavy vehicles,” the spokesperson said.

“Work will be carried out at a later date to install speed activated curve signs along Chifley Road.

“These signs will check the speed of approaching vehicles and if they are travelling too fast will display a warning on an electronic message sign.

“The western end of Chifley Road is steep and has several tight bends, which are known locally as Chifley Bends or Scenic Hill.

“Later this year as part of the project, an 800 metre section of Chifley Road will also be resurfaced to improve the skid resistance of the surface. This work will start near the entrance to the POW memorial on Chifley Road near Lithgow.”

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