The Orange electorate will soon see 10 road safety upgrade projects rolling out as part of the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were some of the measures that would help keep motorists safe.
“These are projects designed to save lives. We are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in right across NSW will help to prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads in the next 15 years,” Mr. Toole said.
Member of the Legislative Council Sam Farraway said Orange would welcome six new projects through the Safer Roads program, on top of four currently under way, which showed the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to regional communities.
“We know targeted projects can make a real difference to local communities like Orange. We are serious about saving lives on local roads, and all seven projects will help ensure that someone who sets out on a journey returns home,” Mr. Farraway said.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was pleased the NSW Government had committed $1.25 million in the next financial year to projects to improve the safety of roads in the Orange Local Government Area (LGA).
“Council staff use data about locations where there is a history of traffic crashes to apply for funding,” Cr. Kidd said.
“That ensures the money is spent at places where it’s needed.”
New projects receiving funding next financial year include:
- Byng and McLachlan Street roundabout: Install reflective pavement markers and transverse line marking – $20,000
- Phoenix Mine Road: Widen the road, including shoulders, to be up to 10 metres across. Then adding up to 2.5 metres of shoulder to curves and install flexible roadside barriers – $335,000
- Ophir Road approximately 900m from Bridge 1 to Bridge 2 near Banjo Paterson Way: Install flexible roadside barrier and widen the road shoulder – $510,000
- Intersection of Kearneys Drive and Matthews Avenue: Upgrade street lighting at intersection. Move stop signs and give-way lines forward using kerb extensions – $110,000
- Intersection of Anson and Margaret Street: Move stop signs and give-way lines forward using kerb extensions. Install pedestrian refuge islands – $130,000
- Hill and Casey Street: Upgrade street lighting at intersection. Move stop signs and give-way lines forward using kerb extensions. Install pedestrian refuge islands on Hill Street – $150,000
There are also a number of existing projects that are set to receive additional funding next financial year.
The Safer Roads Program is a five-year program, with more than $300 million already spent in the past two years to deliver 113 kilometres of barriers, 3,000 kilometres of rumble strips and 2,800 kilometres of wide centreline across the state.
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