Safety improvements on the Pacific Highway

23 October 2013

Safety improvements on Pacific Highway between North Arm Cove and Purfleet

Roads and Maritime Services has started safety improvement work on the Pacific Highway between North Arm Cove and Purfleet to reduce the risk of crashes.

“In the five years to March 2012 there were 28 crashes along this stretch of the highway, resulting in three fatalities and 25 injuries, many involving motorists losing control on the Pacific Highway,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“The Federal and NSW Governments each provided $1.45 million to install more than 10 kilometres of roadside and median wire rope safety barriers on the Pacific Highway at North Arm Cove, Possum Brush, Coolongolook and Purfleet.

“The safety improvements aim to reduce the number and severity of crashes along this stretch of the Pacific Highway by stopping motorists from crossing to the opposite side of the road and colliding with oncoming traffic and roadside trees.

“Safety barriers will be installed for 3.8 kilometres along the highway and in the median at North Arm Cove between Bulga Creek to north of Hunterview Road.

“Median wire rope safety barriers will also be installed on the Pacific Highway at Possum Brush between Bullocky Way and Tritton Road, at Purfleet between Jack Wards Road and the Old Bar Road off ramp and at Coolongolook from south of the Coolongolook River.

“The majority of work will be carried out from 8am to 5pm on weekdays for eight weeks, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place during work hours including lane closures and a temporary 40km/h speed limit and motorists may experience short delays.

Electronic message signs and traffic control will be in place to advise motorists of changed traffic conditions.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone and iPad from the App Store, download Live Traffic NSW for Android from Google Play, or call 132 701.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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