Safety is at the forefront of an upgrade along the Great Western Highway at Mount Lambie thanks to a $1.7 million investment from the Nationals in Government.


Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said new safety barriers have been installed along a 1.7 kilometre section of road, which could see crash severity reduced by up to 85 percent.


“The Nationals are committed to improving road safety across regional and rural NSW,” Mr Toole said.


“We are rolling out our Safer Roads Program to remove crash clusters from our network and to deliver safer, smoother journeys for road users.


“While just one third of the population lives in regional towns, two-thirds of crashes happen on country roads.


“The reality is, when there is a death on our roads it can have a lasting impact on the local community.”


Mr Toole said in the five years to 30 June 2016, six crashes involving injuries were reported along the section of road.


“The Great Western Highway between Bathurst and Lithgow is mostly a two lane undivided road with alternating overtaking lanes along its length, with sweeping curves and many hilly sections,” Mr Toole said.


“Work started at the end of May and is now being completed. This has included removing a section of the westbound overtaking lane at Mount Lambie to allow for the installation of a flexible centre barrier, and widening the road shoulders


“1.7 kilometres of flexible barrier was installed along the edge of the road, with rumble strips to be installed along the edges of the road after the final seal in February 2020.”