$2.3m for upgrades to save lives on Monaro roads
A number of key roads across the Monaro will benefit from $2.3m worth of upgrade work courtesy of the NSW Government’s Saving Lives on Country Roads Program. The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said funding has been allocated for safety improvements along the Captains Flat Road, Kings Highway, Alpine Way and the Monaro Highway.
“You are four times more likely to be killed on roads in the country compared to people who live in the city,” Mr Barilaro said. “Last year, fatalities on NSW country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll. Sadly, 224 people have been killed and seriously injured over the last five years on roads across the Monaro. “The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes.”
The NSW Government announced the new Saving Lives on Country Roads infrastructure upgrade program as part of its Road Safety Plan 2021. Around $50 million has been allocated in round one to deliver 98 priority road safety projects.
Local projects to receive funding include: *$538,686 for safety improvements on the Captains Flat Road at Briar Sharrow Road at Carwoola. *$250,000 for safety barriers and sealed shoulders on the Kings Highway at Braidwood. * $620,000 for safety barriers and sealed shoulders on the Alpine Way, 1.2km to 1.6km west of Kosciuszko Road at Crackenback. * $528,000 for safety improvements, sealed shoulders and safety barriers on the Monaro Highway, 200m south to 2.37km north of Dromore Road at Chakola. * $366,300 for safety improvements and sealed shoulders on the Monaro Highway at Collinton.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the projects in the Monaro form part of $640 million to deliver safety upgrades on country roads, part of a record $1.9 billion investment to improve road safety in NSW. “Development of projects will get under way across the Monaro from next month, with Roads, Maritime and Services and local councils starting to work on or completing these important upgrades this financial year.”
A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year. Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road. towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan
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