Goulburn and district scores road improvements

Yarra near Goulburn has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years, including this fatal one in May.
Yarra near Goulburn has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years, including this fatal one in May.

The Goulburn electorate will receive several road upgrades under the State’s Saving Country Lives Program.

MP Pru Goward said nine projects had been identified. Three of these are in Goulburn Mulwaree.

Sandy Point Road at Miller Road, Oallen will receive a $445,000 upgrade. The safety improvements are designed to reduce the likelihood of crashes including safety barriers, sealed shoulders, improved alignment and clear zone.

On the Hume Highway, 1.9km to 3.2km south of Rampion Hills Road near Marulan, $100,000 is allocated for safety improvements to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes, including safety barriers and sealed shoulders.

South of Goulburn, also on the Hume Highway, 0 to 2.44km east of Parksbourne Road at Yarra, another $100,000 will be spent on safety improvements to reduce the likelihood of crashes including improved super elevation.

Elsewhere, the Lachlan Valley Way near Yass has secured $3.9 million for improvements including safety barriers, clear zones and improved alignment. The project is scheduled to commence before the end of 2018 and is due for completion by the end of April, 2019.

Nearby, the Hume Highway some 2km north of Bowning Road scores $872,294 for safety improvements.

A total $100,000 has been allocated to investigate and develop safety improvements on Burley Griffin Way at Stephens Street, Binalong. A cost is yet to be determined but the Roads and Maritime Service is planning to undertake the development in 2018/19.

The Illawarra Highway at Roberston and Sutton Forest has also been identified for safety improvements.

“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll,” Ms Goward said.

“The shocking truth is that you are four times more likely to be killed on roads in the country compared to people who live in the city.

“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.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said projects in the Goulburn electorate would start from next month.

A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year.

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