Rumble strip installation - New safety measures for six NSW Highways
The NSW Government has committed $46 million over the next three years to install rumble strips and enhance linemarkings on key regional routes. More than 2700 kilometres of rumble strips – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back again will be installed along regional NSW highways to combat driver fatigue and save lives on country roads.
Sep 2022 - Rumble strip installation
Transport for NSW is installing rumble strips (also known as Audio Tactile Line Marking) across more than 300 kilometres of the Golden Highway between Dubbo and Singleton.
Work will start on Wednesday 5 October 2022, and we expect to complete this part of the ATLM project by December 2022, weather permitting.
Aug 2022 - Rumble strip installation
Transport for NSW is installing rumble strips (also known as Audio Tactile Line Marking or ATLM) across more than 400 kilometres of the Kamilaroi Highway between Wee Waa and Willow Tree. Work will start on Monday 22 August, and we expect to complete this part of the ATLM project by December 2022, weather permitting.
Jul 2022 - Rumble strip installation
Transport for NSW is installing rumble strips (also known as Audio Tactile Line Marking or ATLM) across appropriate sections of more than 500 kilometres of the Kamilaroi Highway between Bourke and Wee Waa and more than 500 kilometres of the Gwydir Highway between Grafton and Moree. Work on these two highways started in May 2022.
The second section of the Kamilaroi Highway will be carried out in August 2022 between Wee Waa and Willow Tree. These two highways are the first out of six regional highways in the North and West regions of NSW that will be undertaking the rumble strip installation project under the Saving Lives Accelerated Program (SLAP).
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm seven days a week. Night work may be required between 7pm and 6am seven days a week at some locations. We expect to complete these two highways by December 2022, weather permitting.
To learn more about this project, view our interactive portal for more information.
Transport for NSW is installing rumble strips (also known as Audio Tactile Line Marking or ATLM) on the centre and edge lines across more than 2700 kilometres of regional highways to combat driver fatigue and save lives on country roads.
The project is funded by the New South Wales State Government and is part of the Saving Lives Accelerated package, investing $46 million to install ATLM on high-risk rural roads in the next three years. The first stage of the program includes the Cobb Highway (Hay to Moama) Castlereagh Highway (Lithgow to Dunedoo), Golden Highway (Singleton to Dubbo), Kamilaroi Highway (Bourke to Willow Tree), Gwydir Highway (Grafton to Moree) and Oxley Highway (Wauchope to Coonabarabran)
The project to improve safety and reduce the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes will commence progressively from the end of the May 2022 between 7am and 6pm seven days a week, weather permitting.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What are rumble strips and how do they work?
Rumble strips, also known as Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM), are small raised bumps generally placed on the edge lines and centrelines of roads. Rumble strips help prevent crashes associated with driving tired and distraction. They alert drivers or riders when they are drifting out of their lane by generating a distinct sound and vibration. This allows the driver or rider time to correct their path and reduce the risk of a crash.
What are the safety benefits of rumble strips?
Rumble strips are estimated to reduce the likelihood of vehicles departing their lane by up to 25%. When installed with wide centreline, rumble strips can reduce fatalities and injuries from head-on crashes by up to 65%.
How do rumble strips improve safety?
Rumble strips provide a noise and vibratory warning to a driver or rider who has drifted from their lane due to fatigue or poor visibility due to rain or fog.
Rumble strips are intended to allow drivers the opportunity to correct their path when their vehicle comes into contact with them.
This treatment targets run-off-road and head-on crashes. It is also particularly effective in night-time conditions or adverse weather conditions.
Are rumble strips noisy?
Rumble strips are loud enough to be heard by the driver, but not excessively loud. When rumble strips are installed less than 200m of a residential building, assessments are completed to determine any negative potential noise implications for nearby residences and any broader community impacts. In all instances, rumble strips are installed to prevent crashes from occurring and carry significant positive safety impacts.
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- September 2022 project notification
Installation of rumble strips on the Golden Highway from Tuesday 20 September 2022.
- August 2022 project notification
Installation of rumble strips on the Kamilaroi Highway from Monday 22 August 2022.
- May 2022 project notification
Installation of rumble strips on the Kamilaroi Highway from Monday 23 May.
- May 2022 project notification
Installation of rumble strips on the Gwydir Highway from Tuesday 24 May