Ward announces work to improve safety at Nungarry rest area ahead of schedule

31 July 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward has announced that work is progressing ahead of schedule on a new southbound acceleration lane for motorists exiting the Nungarry rest stop near Kiama.

Mr Ward said work started in March to improve safety at the southbound rest stop on the M1 Princes Motorway and is on track to finish by the end of August, weather permitting.

“The NSW Government allocated $4 million to build a new 450 metre southbound acceleration lane to provide a safer exit from the rest stop, particularly for heavy vehicles,” Mr Ward said.

“Most of the work is now complete with remaining work including installing safety barriers, line marking and concrete and asphalt work.”

Mr Ward said the exit from the rest area is now a give-way sign controlled T-intersection.

“The new acceleration lane will allow heavy vehicles to merge onto the Princes Motorway safely once they reach an appropriate speed improving safety and traffic flow,” Mr Ward said.

“Improving these conditions and providing two extra parking spaces within the rest area will also encourage more heavy vehicles to use it, providing more space for drivers to take breaks in accordance with industry regulated fatigue management strategies.”

Work will continue to be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting. The southbound cycleway remains closed with cyclists detoured along Riverside Drive for safety reasons during upgrade work.

Changed traffic conditions including lane closures and reduced speed limits remain in place 24 hours a day and motorists are asked to follow the direction of traffic control.

Electronic message signs along the road display the latest information including any date changes and detours.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience while this important safety work is carried out.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.

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