2 August 2012
Road safety upgrades announced for Kiama electorate
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced funding for safety upgrades in the Kiama electorate to help reduce the road toll and improve safety.
“This initiative is part of the New South Wales Government's $170 million, five-year Road Toll Response Package,” Mr Ward said.
“More than $140 million in funding will be provided State wide for road safety upgrades including highway and local government route safety reviews, the installation of rumble strips, wire rope barriers and the widening of road shoulders in high crash areas.
“Parts of the Pyree and Shoalhaven Heads areas have been identified as having poor crash history and in response we have identified these sites as a priority for the upgrades,” he said.
Mr Ward announced that $5.3 million has been secured for the Kiama electorate to improve road safety across the region.
“Shoalhaven Council has secured $4,992,335 so safety improvements can be installed in the Pyree and Shoalhaven Heads areas by 30 June 2014, weather permitting.
“Wingecarribee Council has secured $35,000 so safety barriers can be extended in the Paddy's River area by 30 June 2013, weather permitting.
“While our road toll has been reducing during the past decade, there are still too many people dying on our roads,” he said.
“Preliminary figures for 2011 show 376 people died on New South Wales roads which is why road safety remains a key priority.
“We are committed in our efforts to make our roads safer and this early work is the part of the delivery of the Road Toll Response Package,” Mr Ward said.