Safety boost on Mitchell Highway at Wilgaree
28 May 2020
Safety barriers, rumble strips and widened road shoulders are among the safety works now under way along a section of the Mitchell Highway near Nyngan.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the 4.6-kilometre section at Wilgaree, seven kilometres north-west of Nyngan, was earmarked for improvements because of its crash history.
“Data shows in the five years to June 2016, there were three serious crashes, including one fatal crash, on this particular section of road, about five kilometres north of the intersection of the Barrier Highway,” Mr Toole said.
“We are continuing to invest in road safety projects like this, so we can help ensure every person who sets off on a journey returns home safely.
“This safety upgrade includes installing edge and centre rumble strips, adding a one-metre sealed shoulder in both directions, installing safety barriers alongside large drains, and removing trees to ensure a seven-metre clear zone on either side of the highway.”
The NSW Government provided $2.875 million for the safety upgrade as part of the $640 million Saving Lives on Country Roads program.
Work started earlier today, and will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday until 31 July, weather permitting.
Changed traffic conditions will be in place for the safety of workers, including a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h during work hours.
Motorists should plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys and follow the direction of traffic control and signs.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the live traffic app or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.