Calls for action answered as safety work starts at Hume Highway intersection

16 April 2018

A $114,000 package of work to improve road user safety on the Hume Highway at Berrima will get under way this week.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government is funding the work which includes clearing vegetation, installing safety barriers and improving signage.

“This work has significance to the community, as residents’ calls for action at this intersection have been answered,” the spokesperson said.

“In the five years to July 2015 there were eight recorded crashes at this location, three of which resulted in injuries, with five people hurt.

“This work aims to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes after two people were killed in an incident at this location in July 2017.”

Early work to clear vegetation from the median and shoulders to significantly improve drivers’ sight distance has been carried out.

“Work this week will include up to three days of safety barrier installation and be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm,” the spokesperson added.

“Changed conditions including a reduced speed limit will be in place and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to five minutes.

“Crews will then return next month to install a concrete median, signage and adjust line marking and the community will continue to be updated.”

An additional $100,000 has been allocated next financial year to install lighting at the intersection.

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