Safer travel ahead for New England Highway near Muswellbrook

11 April 2021

Motorists will soon be enjoying safer travel on the New England Highway just south of Muswellbrook with improvement work starting between Thomas Mitchell Drive and 1.5km north of Muscle Creek.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government is investing $600,000 for the upgrade through the Safer Roads Program as part of its commitment to stronger and safer regions.

“The New England Highway is a vital part of the state’s traffic network which is why we are investing in vital upgrades, both big and small on a number of sections in the Upper Hunter,” Mr Toole said.

“This section of highway is used by more than 9,000 vehicles each day, of which about 20 per cent are heavy vehicles. These improvements will help ensure those people get home safely.

“This upgrade will also support up to 30 local jobs and provide a boost to local businesses and communities, which is important stimulus in these challenging times.

“The project involves improving line markings and installing a one metre wide painted centreline along this 5.5km section of the highway. New signs, roadside safety barriers and audio-tactile line marking, or rumble strips, will also be installed along the road edge and centrelines.

“Rumble strips alert drivers when they are drifting out of their lane, either off the road or even worse, into oncoming traffic.

“These measures have been shown to reduce fatalities and injuries caused by head-on crashes by up to 65 per cent.

“Safety will also be improved for southbound road users by improving line markings and shoulder widening, to allow for a safer right turn into Milpera Drive,” Mr Toole said.

To reduce impact to motorists, work will be carried out overnight from Sunday to Friday between 7pm and 5am and is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.

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