Safer journeys on the way for Port Macquarie

27 April 2021

Safer journeys are on the way along the Pacific Highway at Port Macquarie, with $2.9 million in safety improvements to roll out at the Houston Mitchell Drive intersection under the NSW Government’s $822 million Safer Roads program.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project, funded through the Community Road Safety Fund, would see the installation of vehicle-activated signs, a left-hand turn deceleration lane into Houston Mitchell Drive from the north, and a left hand turn acceleration lane out of Houston Mitchell Drive for traffic heading south on the highway.

“The duplication of the Pacific Highway has dramatically improved the safety of journeys along the North Coast, reducing fatalities by more than 75 per cent but we’re always looking for ways to make journeys even safer,” Mr Toole said.

“This project will tackle an intersection we know the community has been concerned about with vehicle-activated signage giving motorists advanced warning of the intersection, and a safer turn into and out of Houston Mitchell Drive.

“The NSW Government is committed to building a safer, stronger regional NSW and the investment we’re making in projects just like this through our Safer Roads program is estimated to prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years. That’s 1500 people making it home safely to their families because of this work.”

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the upgrade was a win for the local community.

“We know the community has been calling for safety improvements to this intersection and the NSW Government is responding,” Mrs Williams said.

“In March, the speed zone was reduced from 110km/h to 100 km/h, bringing it into line with other similar intersections on the Pacific Highway. This new work marks another step forward in ensuring safer journeys along this section of the highway,” Mrs Williams said.

Mrs Williams said the Safer Roads program was already delivering $900,000 of safety improvements in the Port Macquarie area, with work under way to install safety barriers at King Creek Road near Berowra Place, install roundabouts at Lord Street and Herchsell Street, and at Owen Street and Home Street in the Port Macquarie CBD, and another roundabout at the Nancy Bird Walton Drive, Kendall Road and Ocean Road intersection.

“One life lost on our roads is one too many. Any investment that helps us reach our Towards Zero target is a huge win for locals,” Mrs Williams said.

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