NSW makes record $822M investment in road safety infrastructure

Safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines will be rolled out across NSW’s road network, as part of a record $822 million investment in road safety infrastructure upgrades through the Safer Roads Program.

Roads and Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole said round three of the program would see $258 million invested into 383 projects next financial year.

“These are projects designed to save lives. We are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in will prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years,” Mr. Toole said.

“This investment will see $217 million injected into 285 regional projects through Saving Lives on Country Roads, and $41 million into 98 projects through Liveable and Safe Urban Communities for metropolitan NSW.”

Round three of the Safer Roads Program will deliver:

  • More than 230 kilometres of safety barriers that absorb impact forces and protect vehicle occupants, reducing the severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 95 per cent.
  • 2150 kilometres of rumble strips to alert motorists when they are departing from their lane, reducing the likelihood of this crash type by up to 25 per cent.
  • Almost 1000 kilometres of wide centreline, providing a greater distance for drivers to recover from lane departure.
  • Almost 1500 high-risk rural curve improvements including shoulder sealing, safety barriers, rumble strips, signage upgrades and line-marking upgrades.
  • More than 100 urban intersection improvement projects including roundabouts and traffic signal upgrades.

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