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Picton Road safety improvements

Picton Road is a 37 kilometre transport corridor linking the Illawarra Region with Sydney, the South West and Greater Macarthur Priority Growth areas.

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MAY 2020

MAY 2020Safety improvements on Picton Road at Cordeaux

Transport for NSW will soon start work on safety improvements along a 1.7 kilometre section of Picton Road at Cordeaux.

Night work will take place from Monday 18 May until Thursday 21 May between 7pm and 5am. From Monday 25 May work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

The project is expected to be completed by late November, weather permitting.

The project is part of a $6.9 million package of safety improvements for Picton Road over the next two years funded under the Safer Roads Program.

The improvements will include widening the road to install a median barrier, installing sections of roadside barrier, providing a wider road shoulder and installing vehicle activated signs. This work will improve safety at this location by reducing the risk of head-on crashes, providing a barrier between vehicles and roadside hazards as well as providing more room for vehicles to recover.

The work will be carried out from Cordeaux Dam Road for about two kilometres east, linking to the new section of median barrier installed on Picton Road last year. As part of this work, about 3.7 kilometres of fauna fencing will also be installed to help reduce the risk of vehicle strikes.

Transport for NSW thanks road users for their patience and will keep the community updated about plans to deliver future safety improvements on Picton Road.

Traffic impacts

Concrete barriers will be installed along the westbound lane for the duration of the project to ensure the safety of workers and motorists. Motorists should be aware of reduced road shoulders when travelling through the project area.

The road will be reduced to one lane in each direction through the project area for the duration of this project.

During work hours a reduced speed limit of 60 km/h will be in place. Outside of work hours, a reduced speed limit of 80 km/h will be in place.

There may be intermittent delays to allow access for construction vehicles and wide loads through the site. Motorists should allow up to five minutes additional travel time during work hours.

During work hours, heavy vehicle operators with loads wider than four metres will be required to contact project traffic controllers to be escorted safely through the site.

Heavy vehicles operators are reminded vehicles over 15 metres or 12 tonnes are not permitted on Wilton Road at Broughton Pass.

Electronic message boards will display information in advance of the work site in both directions.

Transport for NSW expects to carry out further night work during later stages of this project and will update motorists in advance.

Project information

The project is part of a $6.9 million package of safety improvements for Picton Road over the next two years funded under the Safer Roads Program. The new section of median barrier will link to the median barrier installed on Picton Road last year east of this location.

There were four crashes reported in this area over five years up to 30 June 2019 resulting in one fatality, one serious injury and one moderate injury.

This work will improve safety at this location by reducing the risk of head-on crashes, providing a barrier between vehicles and roadside hazards as well as providing more room for vehicles to recover.

As part of this package, safety improvements including line marking to create a wider centre median will also be investigated on Picton Road near Wilton, between Macarthur Drive and Almond Street.

A further project is also being investigated to provide a widened centre median on Picton Road between the M1 Princes Motorway and Mount Keira Road. Funding for this project is for development and investigations only.

Transport for NSW and the Department of Planning are working together to identify priorities and further potential improvements along the Picton Road corridor including safety improvements and capacity upgrades.

In the 10 years from 2006 to 2016 traffic volumes on Picton Road, east of the Hume Motorway have grown from 13,510 to 24,056 vehicles each day. From 2007 to 2018 traffic volumes on Picton Road west of Mt Keira Road have grown from 11,084 to 20,032 vehicles each day.

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

The Australian and NSW Governments have funded over $60 million in safety improvements on Picton Road since 2010, with the number of crashes falling by almost 25 per cent in recent years and the incidence of head-on crashes falling by almost 80 per cent.

Safety improvements include:

  • Installing median safety barriers
  • Upgrading interchange with Hume Motorway and installing traffic signals
  • Installing acceleration lanes from rest areas
  • Shoulder and centre lane widening
  • Building a fauna underpass and fauna fencing
  • Audio tactile line marking
  • Upgrading the westbound rest area
  • 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
  • Wildlife protection and safer crossing points.

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

Contact us

For further information on Picton Road please contact:

Email: southernprojects@rms.nsw.gov.au

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