$70.9 million boost for vital road safety projects
The most dangerous hotspots on NSW roads will be upgraded as part of the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program, which will help drive the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads Towards Zero.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today announced a $70.9 million investment to deliver 180 vital safety upgrades this financial year.
The Safer Roads Program will:
- Include re-engineering dangerous curves, installing rumble strips to alert tired drivers, widening shoulders and centre lines, and installing flexible wire rope barriers to help prevent run-off-road and head on crashes; and
- Use proven engineering treatments to reduce the number and severity of crashes on the state’s roads.
The projects are estimated to save the equivalent of 425 deaths and serious injuries over the life of the program.
Mrs Pavey said 64 per cent of the investment will be directed to regional NSW, delivering 125 projects.
“Last year, 272 people killed on NSW roads were in the country, so this will go a long way to reduce the number of fatalities on regional roads,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The NSW Government has invested over $282 million in road safety in the current financial year, and this $70.9 million from our Safer Roads Program will deliver more important safety upgrades in 2018-19 for many of our most dangerous roads.”
The Liberals and Nationals established the Safer Roads Program in 2014, and to date have invested $193.6 million and delivered 490 road safety upgrades.
Safer Roads projects are funded from the Community Road Safety Fund, which receives all revenue from speed and red-light cameras in NSW.