• Hannah Phillips

Country Road Upgrades for Riverina

NSW's Albury electorate will see a number of road upgrades begin this financial year at Urana, Gerogery, Holbrook and Tumbarumba, as part of the State Government's Saving Lives on Country Roads Program.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin commented on the importance of the upgrades.

“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll. The shocking truth is that you are four times more likely to be killed on roads in the country compared to people who live in the city,” he said.

“The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes.”

“Four locations for safety improvements in the electorate have been identified with a total cost of $4.164M.”

The Albury electorate projects form part of the $640 million investment to deliver safety upgrades on country roads in NSW.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey had more details.

“Development of projects will get under way from next month, with Roads, Maritime and Services and local councils starting to work on or completing these important upgrades this financial year.”

A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year.

Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road - find out more at: towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan.