Waterfall Way safety review enters final stage

8 September 2014

The initial findings of the Waterfall Way safety review will be released at community workshops in Bellingen and Dorrigo this month.

Roads and Maritime Services and the NSW Centre for Road Safety have examined a 40 kilometre stretch of road from Tyringham Street at Dorrigo to the junction of the Pacific Highway in response to community feedback about increased truck movements.

At upcoming information workshops to be held in Dorrigo on Wednesday 17 September and Bellingen on Thursday 18 September the community will be invited to discuss the interim findings and road safety work already under way.

Roads and Maritime has aimed to ensure the report is well informed by detailed traffic survey data and issues raised by the community are adequately considered.

“More than 120 submissions received during consultation raised issues including the safety, condition and width of the road, suitability of the road for use by trucks, speed limit and signs,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“Community workshops held earlier this year also provided Roads and Maritime with valuable local knowledge and suggestions for road safety work.

“In direct response to this feedback, the speed limit has been reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h at Thora and funding has been directed toward increased highway patrols on Waterfall Way and in Bellingen and Dorrigo.

“Work to strengthen and stabilise the slope at Myers Bluff and Gordonsville was also fast tracked to ensure that road safety benefits are in place by the end of the year.”

Roads and Maritime expects to release the final Waterfall Way safety review report later this month which will form the basis for a long-term strategy to improve safety on the road.

“Residents and business owners will have another opportunity at the release of the final report to ask the team questions about the review process and the interim findings at the community workshops,” the Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

The Dorrigo workshop will be from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Dorrigo Hall on Hickory Street and the Bellingen workshop will be from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Uniting Church on Hyde Street.

A community update with information about the review and the workshops is now available online. Residents can register to attend the workshops by calling 131 782 or emailing waterfallway@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit - 8588 5999

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