Motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the Orange electorate with more than $16 million to be invested into 10 projects, through round three of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Safer Roads Program.
Local NSW Nationals MLC Sam Farraway said Orange would welcome six new projects through the Safer Roads program, on top of four currently underway, which showed the NSW Nationals in Government’s ongoing commitment to regional communities.
“We know targeted projects can make a real difference to local communities like Orange. We are serious about saving lives on local roads, and all seven projects will help ensure that someone who sets out on a journey returns home,” Mr Farraway said.
NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were some of the measures that would help keep motorists safe.
“These are projects designed to save lives. We are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in right across NSW will help to prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads in the next 15 years,” Mr Toole said.
“This investment will see $217 million injected into 285 regional projects through Saving Lives on Country Roads.”
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was pleased the NSW Government had committed $1.25 million in the next financial year to projects to improve the safety of roads in the Orange Local Government Area (LGA).
“Council staff use data about locations where there is a history of traffic crashes to apply for funding,” Cr Kidd said. “That ensures the money is spent at places where it’s needed.”
The Safer Roads Program is a five-year program, with more than $300 million already spent in the past two years to deliver 113 kilometres of barriers, 3000 kilometres of rumble strips and 2800 kilometres of wide centreline across the state.