The NSW Government has provided $3.29 million in 2019/20 to plan and deliver road improvements to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes along the highway.
DEC 2019Consultation closed
The community were invited to provide feedback on proposed safety improvements for the New England Highway at Whittingham in November and December.More information
Thank you to everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.
More information on the proposal is available in the November 2019 project update.
Roads and Maritime Services is planning safety improvements for the New England Highway, between the Golden Highway and Newington Lane, at Whittingham.
The NSW Government is investing $3.29 million for the proposal to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along this eight kilometre section of the highway.
The proposal involves:
- resurfacing 950 metres of the highway from Range Road towards Singleton
- installing a one metre wide painted centreline along a 2.2 kilometre section of the highway between Range Road and Newington Lane
- installing audio-tactile line marking along the edge and centrelines
- installing street lighting at the Range Road and Racecourse Lane intersections
- installing median and roadside safety barriers at various locations on the highway
- signage and delineation improvements on the approaches to Mudies Creek Bridge
- tree trimming to improve sight distance
- maintenance and minor access improvements along the route.
To view the proposed locations of these improvements, please view the November 2019 project update.
In addition to the proposal, work is already under way on an intersection upgrade to provide right turn bays for motorists exiting the highway at Haggartys Lane and Cemetery Lane. The NSW Government has provided $820,000 this financial year to deliver this upgrade.
The introduction of a one metre wide centreline will improve safety by providing greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.
To cater for the wide centreline some lane and shoulder width adjustments are required. For more information on these adjustments please view the November 2019 project update.
Audio tactile line marking
The proposal at Whittingham incorporates audio tactile line marking (ATLM) on the edge lines and centrelines along sections of the highway.
ATLM, sometimes called ‘rumble strips’ are small raised bumps typically placed along the edges of roads and in the centre of roads to alert a driver when they are drifting out of their lane. For more information about ATLM please view the November 2019 project update.
We will directly contact residents living along these sections of the highway to seek feedback on the proposed locations of the ATLM.
We will carefully consider your feedback on the proposed safety improvements and continue to keep you updated as the project progresses.
We will publish a Community Consultation report to respond to feedback received for the proposed project in early 2020.
Roads and Maritime is also currently completing a speed zone review for the New England Highway at Whittingham.
The speed zone review is assessing a number of factors including crash history, road geometry, road environment, traffic volumes and the number of access points.
We will notify the community of the outcomes of this speed zone review when it has been completed.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: 0436 454 028 (business hours – Jason Walsh, Project Manager)
Mail: Jason Walsh, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.