Pacific Highway and Louisiana Road intersection to get road safety upgrade
17 November 2014
Roads and Maritime Services is planning to upgrade the Pacific Highway and Louisiana Road intersection at Kanwal to improve safety for motorists.
A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the Australian Government allocated $500,000 to upgrade the intersection under the Australian Government Black Spot Program.
“Roads and Maritime would like to thank the community for providing feedback in May on the proposed upgrade.
“More than a dozen comments were received and the feedback has been considered and incorporated in the final intersection design.
“This upgrade involves removing the through and right turn movements from the southern leg of Louisiana Road for all motorists except buses and emergency vehicles to help minimise the incidence of crashes in the future.
“There were 15 crashes at the intersection in the five years to December 2013 with the majority of crashes involving vehicles turning out of the southern leg of Louisiana Road colliding with westbound motorists on the Pacific Highway,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.
“A new U-turn facility will be provided on the Pacific Highway to allow northbound local traffic entering the highway to travel east or into the northern leg of Louisiana Road.
Through and right turn movements out of the northern leg of Louisiana Road will remain.
“Feedback from the community has resulted in a decision not to install proposed mid block pedestrian traffic signals west of Louisiana Road. The existing pedestrian refuge will be retained.
“Storage bays will also be provided on the Pacific Highway in both directions for vehicles turning right into Louisiana Road to improve safety for turning motorists.”
Work is scheduled to start early next year and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Roads and Maritime will keep the community informed before work starts next year.
For more project information or to view the concept design online visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au
CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999