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Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and The Nationals candidate for Oxley Melinda Pavey today announced a re-elected Baird Government would invest an additional $50 million to improve safety and travel times on the Oxley Highway.

This investment is additional to the $10 million Oxley Highway improvement works by the NSW Liberals & Nationals which is already well underway.

“Only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government can be relied on to deliver the critical upgrades our regional communities deserve,” Mr Gay said.

“Our record speaks for itself. The Liberals & Nationals have invested in the safety of motorists across the state with upgrades along major roads and freight corridors.

“A range of detailed safety investigations and site inspections had been undertaken as part of the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.

“Work is well underway to make this road safer for thousands of motorists travelling through townships such as Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walcha and Wauchope each day.

“I’m pleased to announce a re-elected, NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest an extra $50 million on the Oxley Highway which would include overtaking lanes.

“Works will be carried out in three stages, with the first stage already progressing including the upgrade of guard rails to improve safety for motorcyclists in Walcha,” Mr Gay said.

Mrs Pavey said research had found speed and fatigue to be major factors in crashes on the Oxley Highway.

“Based on this research, we have laid down a skid-resistant road surface on several bends,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Funding for this work is being strategically targeted to eliminate black spots on the Oxley Highway.

“It is great for the safety of those communities who live near and use the Oxley Highway every say,” she said.

Safety works planned for 2015 include:

  • Installation of safety barriers (guardrails and wire ropes) between Walcha and Bendemeer
  • Improved line marking near Somerton (west of Tamworth) and west of Gunnedah
  • Intersection improvements and road shoulder widening at various locations along the highway
  • Installation of Vehicle Activated Signs near Wauchope
  • Installation of audio tactile line marking (rumble strips) at various locations along the highway

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