Barton Highway

The Australian and NSW governments have funded a $300,000 Barton Highway Draft Improvement Strategy to guide the ongoing improvement of the Barton Highway.

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The Barton Highway Draft Improvement Strategy has been prepared in partnership between the Australian and NSW Governments. The improvement strategy sets out the government’s 20 year plan to manage and guide the development of the road corridor to improve road safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.

The draft strategy is available in project documents.

Have your say

The feedback period has now closed. Your feedback will be addressed in a community consultation report that will be available when the final strategy is published.

Community feedback

Community feedback and local knowledge has been invaluable in developing the draft strategy.

Chapter 3 of the strategy summarises the consultation outcomes with key stakeholders, the community and elected representatives during August and September 2014.

The key community consultation outcomes were:

  • Travelling on the Barton Highway is often described as stressful, particularly at peak times
  • The values of most importance to the community and stakeholders were improving road safety, reducing the number of crashes and reducing traffic delays
  • The section of road from Murrumbateman village to Mundays Lane was where the greatest number of issues were reported
  • Per kilometre of road, the sections from Murrumbateman village to Euroka Avenue and from Nanima Road to the ACT border were most frequently identified as the locations the community would like to see improved
  • The three issues most commonly reported by the community and stakeholders were poor driver behaviour, lack of overtaking opportunities and difficult access to or exit from intersections
  • It was considered likely that the upgrade of the Barton Highway will need to be staged.

The community consultation outcomes have been considered alongside the findings from the technical studies to develop the strategy.

Investment priorities

Chapter 8 of the draft strategy outlines the short, medium and long term investment priorities over the next 20 years.

Short term

In summary they are:

  • Intersection improvements, general delineation and line marking upgrades, and widening of lanes and road shoulders (including removing hazards from clear zones) to improve safety and access for all road users (particularly in the section closer to the ACT border)
  • Provide additional overtaking lanes to improve traffic flow and reliability, particularly in the section between Murrumbateman and the ACT border
  • Investigate options to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders crossing the corridor within Murrumbateman village
  • Using Intelligent Transport Systems (such as variable message signs, closed circuit television cameras and real time traffic monitoring devices) to provide real time travel information to customers at key locations along the highway
  • Improvements to the road alignment between Vallencia Drive and Gooda Creek Road to address deficiencies in the horizontal curve alignment and roadside hazards
  • Start early planning to investigate a Murrumbateman bypass to separate local and through traffic and reduce conflict with vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Medium term

In summary they are:

  • Refining the scope and updating the strategic concept for future corridor duplication, including cost estimates, achieving economic benefits and strategic design. This will ensure that major works that require long lead times can be progressed when and as needed.
  • Continuing to review intersections to identify issues and upgrading intersections as required
  • Providing additional overtaking lanes to maintain traffic flow and reliability
  • Continue to provide the recommended clear zone requirements for the corridor
  • Continuing to progressively widen narrow lanes and shoulders
  • Monitor and evaluate the introduction of Intelligent Transport Systems to ensure ongoing journey reliability.

Long term

In summary:

  • Continue staged upgrades along the corridor to complement, or form part of, the future road duplication of this highway, including widening narrow lanes and road shoulders, reviewing and upgrading intersections, and monitor and manage the level of service for traffic on the highway
  • Any future roadwork along the corridor should complement, or form part of, the future road duplication of this highway. This includes purchasing any duplication corridor land as the road pavement and clear zones widths are progressively improved. These and other actions form part of the longer term strategy to ensure that this important corridor link provides safe and efficient travel now and into the future.

Beyond long term

  • Continue to monitor traffic growth along the corridor. Sections with the highest traffic volumes would be targeted for partial duplication, although emerging safety issues would also be a strong influence.

To read the priorities in more detail go to project documents.

Next steps

Feedback will be evaluated to determine any changes to the draft strategy and then a final strategy published.

The implementation of the strategy will be monitored every three years and the entire strategy updated every five years.

Improvement projects will be carried out as funding becomes available.

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