Safety upgrade for Leggetts Drive at Brunkerville
6 June 2014
Roads and Maritime Services today announced a $2.3 million road safety upgrade on Leggetts Drive at Brunkerville will start on Monday 16 June.
“The NSW Government has funded the project through the Community Road Safety Fund, as part of the Safer Roads Program, which aims to reduce the occurrence and severity of fatal and injury crashes on NSW roads,” a spokesperson for Roads and Maritime Services said.
“The project will be carried out on two curves along a one kilometre section of Leggetts Drive, north of Palmers Road at Brunkerville.
“In the five years to June 2013 there were eight crashes, including one fatal crash, on this section of Leggetts Drive. Five involved motorists crossing to the wrong side of the road. The safety improvements aim to prevent future crashes in the area.
“The first stage of work will take place on a 300 metre bend, near the BP service station at Heaton’s Gap.
“This section of road will be widened with a new painted central median and a 150 metre central wire rope safety barrier installed to reduce the risk of motorists crossing to the wrong side of the road.”
The site will be set up on Monday 16 June with major work to be carried out for three months on weekdays from 6.30am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm, weather permitting.
To ensure the safety of workers and to minimise the impact on traffic some night work will be required. The community will be notified ahead of night work.
Leggetts Drive will remain open during work with changed traffic conditions including lane closures and reduced speed limits. Signs and traffic control will be in place to direct motorists.
Stage two of work will be carried out at a bend, 500 metres north of the service station at Heaton’s Gap with more information to be provided about this work in the second half of this year.
“This project is part of Roads and Maritime’s commitment to providing safer roads in the Hunter region,” the spokesperson said.
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