$10 Million Oxley Highway Safety Upgrades Underway
NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay inspected the $10 million Oxley Highway improvement works which are well underway.
Mr Grant said a range of detailed safety investigations and site inspections had been undertaken as part of the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested in the safety of motorists across the state with upgrades along major roads and freight corridors and we are now turning our attention to the Oxley Highway,” Mr Grant said.
“Work is well underway to make this road safer for thousands of motorists who use it from Tamworth and Gunnedah each day.
“Only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government can be relied on to deliver the critical upgrades our regional communities deserve.”
Works will be carried out in three stages, with the first stage already progressing including the installation of ‘cats eye’ reflectors between Tamworth and Gunnedah and the upgrade of guard rails to improve safety for motorcyclists.
Mr Gay 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,” Mr Gay said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are investing in key upgrades to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians on our major roads, highways and freight corridors.”
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 audio tactile line marking (rumble strips) at various locations along the highway
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the upgrades would benefit the community with funding being strategically targeted to eliminate black spots on the Oxley Highway.
“I’m pleased to announce a re-elected, NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest an extra $50 million to improve safety and travel times on the Oxley Highway which would include overtaking lanes,” Mr Anderson said
“As part of this historic investment, the causeways on the Oxley Highway including Hoss Causeway, immediately east of Carroll, and Tommy Swamp, between Gunnedah and Carroll will be upgraded to provide flood immunity.”