• Hannah Phillips

Upgrades for Sturt Highway at Narrandera

The Sturt Highway at Flow region Narrandera will see a number of safety developments occur this financial year as part of the NSW Saving Lives on Country Roads Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said: “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.

“In this electorate alone, there have been five fatalities in the first six months of 2018."

As part of the upgrades the Sturt Highway at Narrandera has been allocated $400,000 and the Olympic Highway in Young $500,000 for development works.

This funding will assist Road and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) with the development of safety improvements to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes in the Cootamundra electorate.

Canowindra Road and the Lachlan Valley Way in the north-eastern part of the electorate will also benefit from upgrades with the total improvements worth over $2 million for the Cootamundra electorate as a whole.

“Development of projects will get under way in Narrandera and Young from next month, with staff from RMS investigating the most effective road safety infrastructure treatments to help keep motorists safe on the Sturt and Olympic Highways,” Ms Cooke said.

“Some of the options they will consider include safety barriers, wide centre line and audio-tactile line marking.”

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.

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