Safer journeys ahead on Putty Road

26 August 2021

More than $9.4 million of upgrades on 54 curves and three slopes along Putty Road will deliver safer journeys for motorists travelling between Milbrodale and Putty.

The final stage of safety improvements totalling $4.7 million will roll out from Monday, 30 August 2021.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government is focused on ensuring Australians remain safe on the road.

“One life lost on Australian roads is one too many. That’s why the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to keeping our communities safe, while securing our economic recovery.

“The funding supports the fast roll-out of life-saving safety works on rural and regional roads. The funding is offered to states and territories on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis in six-month tranches to ensure rapid delivery.

“This announcement is another example of the Federal Government working to reduce the number of Australians missing around the dinner table due to tragedies on our roads.”

The Australian and New South Wales governments are committing a total of $1,341,603 million this financial year through the Road Safety Program to upgrade curves on Putty Road.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said this funding boost was on top of the $2.26 million already committed for Putty Road by the NSW Government this financial year through the Safer Roads Program.

“From Monday, we’ll see work kick off on the final stage of a Safer Roads project being delivered over three years to improve safety on 54 curves along the busy Putty Road, which will benefit the 1,000 motorists who use this key corridor every day,” Mr Toole said.

“These are projects that are designed to save lives – and our governments are working hard together to ensure all road users return home safely to their loved ones at the end of their journeys.”

Nationals Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said the work would support more than 60 jobs in the Hunter during construction, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

“Work will include shoulder widening to improve lane widths, resurfacing on curves, and installing guardrail, motorcycle protection rail and signs,” Senator Davey said.

“It’s important we continue to invest with state and local governments in improving the safety on our regional roads. From adding rumble strips along the centre to a wide centre line treatment on the curves, this will ensure locals and tourists have a safer journey along the Putty Road for many years to come.”

State Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the NSW Government is providing a further $1.3 million to stabilise three slopes on Putty Road, to prevent rocks and debris from falling onto the road.

“The Putty Road is a really important tourist trail for people travelling to the Hunter Valley and this work is about making those journeys safer,” Mr Layzell said.

“Work will involve removing boulders, rocks and loose debris, and installing rock bolts, rock fall netting and reinforced sprayed concrete.”

Crews will be starting work on Monday, 30 August, which will be carried out between 7am and 5pm on weekdays until March 2022, weather permitting.

A reduced speed limit, lane and shoulder closures and stop/slow traffic arrangements will be in place during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

The Australian Government has committed $297.4 million and the NSW Government a further
$108.9 million to fund state-wide upgrades under the first tranche of the Road Safety Program.

The Australian Government has committed a further $125.17 million and the NSW Government
$52.78 million under the second tranche of the program.

For more information, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.

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