The drive along the Pacific Highway at Herons Creek will become even safer with the installation of rumble strips as part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s economic stimulus package.

NSW Nationals Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said stimulus funding from the $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced in March had allowed Transport for NSW to bring forward and deliver projects in addition to its planned program of work.

“The audio-tactile line marking, known as rumble strips, is part of the $3.3 million earmarked for this busy section of road through the Safer Road Program,” Mrs Williams said.

“Speeding and fatigue are both major causes of crashes along this 15 kilometres of the Pacific Highway, so the installation of rumble strips and wire rope in the median will mean safer journeys for our community.”

Mrs Williams said rumble strips alert a driver when they are drifting from their lane and are estimated to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes by 25 per cent.

“The additional funding has meant we can get cracking on the rumble strips ahead of schedule which will also help to support jobs and local businesses,” Mrs Williams said.

“The ultimate aim of the project is to make sure everyone who sets off on a journey on the Pacific Highway makes it home safely.”

Work to install rumble strips has already begun and will take three weeks to complete, weather permitting.

The community will be kept informed when work to install the wire rope as part of stage two commences later this year.