Safety upgrades at Mitchell Highway intersection with Thompson Road set to begin

18 October 2021

Work to improve safety for motorists at the Mitchell Highway and Thompson Road intersection in Orange will start today.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government was investing $2.98 million to fund a new dedicated right turning lane into Thompson Road, widening the intersection and replacing the road surface, line-markings and guardrail.

“We’ve already improved signage and lowered the speed limit to 80 km/h in July, and now we’re going to upgrade the intersection to include a dedicated right turn bay, enabling through traffic to safely pass turning motorists,” Mr Toole said.

“The upgrade will also involve replacing the existing guard rail and installing a new road surface and line markings. Another speed zone review will be carried out after the intersection upgrade is completed.

“We’re all aware of the tragic fatality that occurred at this intersection in July and our thoughts are still with those  affected by this loss.

“We want this intersection to be as safe as possible, as quickly as possible, so up to 50 people will be carrying out this safety work, with the aim of finishing it before Christmas.

“The community gave their feedback on the proposed designs in March which helped us shape the final upgrade and now we’re delivering on that.”

Work started today and will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and then between 6pm to 6am from Sunday to Thursday. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

Changed traffic conditions include night work, detours and reduced speed limits will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including reduced speed limits.

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

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