Picton Road safety improvements

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out safety improvements on Picton Road near the two rest areas.

Updates and announcements

Work started in October 2017 to build acceleration lanes from the rest areas and make safety improvements on Picton Road. It is expected that the work will take around 10 months to complete, weather permitting.

Motorists should check signage and allow extra travel time, if travelling through the area.

Project background

There are two existing rest areas on Picton Road, an eastbound one built around 12 years ago and a westbound one built in 1966. The exits to both of these rest areas are currently a give way controlled T intersection with the speed limit near both areas 100 km/h.

Around 3400 heavy vehicles use Picton Road daily, including around 470 B Doubles.


The Australian and NSW Governments have jointly contributed $4.6 million to build acceleration lanes for heavy vehicles to safely exit the two rest areas on Picton Road.

By improving the exit and re-entry to Picton Road, the rest areas will be more efficient and allow heavy vehicles drivers to safely merge back onto the road at the speed limit – reducing delays for motorists.

The NSW Government is also contributing an additional $859,000 for Roads and Maritime to complete safety improvements on Picton Road.

Work will involve widening of the road shoulders and the installation of a median safety barrier along the length of Picton Road between the two rest areas.

The safety improvement work will be carried out at the same time as the acceleration lanes to reduce the impact to motorists. Work is due to start at the end of October and take around 10 months to complete, weather permitting.

Project benefits

  • Improved safety for heavy vehicles accessing the rest areas
  • Improved freight efficiency and improved travel times for all motorists
  • Improved safety for all road users by reducing the risk of head on and run off road crashes

The community will be kept informed of work dates and times.

You can see details of the previous projects on Picton Road on the completed projects page.

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