Regional motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the state with millions invested in round three of the Safer Roads Program.
NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were some of the measures funded with more than $6.6 Million to be invested into five new projects and in two existing projects in his electorate alone.
“We know living in regional NSW often means a lot more time spent on our roads – and this program is about making those roads as safe as possible,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Every life matters, and that’s why we’re investing in life-saving measures across our road network to see that every motorist who sets off on a journey makes it home to their family and friends.”
Mr Johnsen welcomed the upgrades slated for the New England Highway.
“For the new projects on the New England Highway, $1.18 million in funding is for the highway both 3km south of Parkville and 3km north of Parkville, with $575,000 in funding for north of Segenhoe Road, Aberdeen, and $150,000 is for 1.5km south of Gordon Street, Aberdeen,” he said.
“With regards to the existing project on the New England Highway, $2.3 million is for New England Highway and Range Road at Whittingham.”
Mr Johnsen said that 207 new projects across NSW would commence, bringing the total to $258 million for work on 383 projects next financial year.
“These are projects designed to save lives. The NSW Nationals in Government are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in through this program will prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years,” Mr Johnsen said.
The NSW Government’s $822 Million Safer Roads Program is a five-year program, with more than $300 million already spent over the last two years.
The Safer Roads Program comprises of the Saving Lives on Country Roads, and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives, which see targeted projects delivered for both the bush and city.