Highway safety improvements to help reduce speed and fatigue

Work starts to rebuild the median and install a safety barrier on the Pacific Highway between Bago and Port Macquarie interchanges.
Work starts to rebuild the median and install a safety barrier on the Pacific Highway between Bago and Port Macquarie interchanges.

Motorists on the Pacific Highway will soon enjoy safer journeys between the Bago and Port Macquarie interchanges as work starts to rebuild the median and install a safety barrier.

Transport for NSW Director Region North Anna Zycki said the $3.3 million package of works at Herons Creek has been funded by the NSW Government's Safer Roads Program.

"Stage one of this project was completed in May this year, brought forward by stimulus funding from the NSW government's $2.3 billion COVID-19 package announced in March," Ms Zycki said.

"This involved installing audio tactile line marking along this length of the Pacific Highway, while stage two will involve shoulder widening and installing wire rope in the median."

Ms Zycki said speeding and fatigue are both major causes of crashes at this 15 kilometre section of the Pacific Highway.

"The installation of audio tactile line marking, (otherwise known as rumble strips), and wire rope in the median have been proven to reduce crash risk and severity," Ms Zycki said.

"This work will not only keep road users safer but will also support 15 local jobs and eight local suppliers and contractors."

Work will start on Monday, November 23 and is expected to take six months to complete, weather permitting.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm and will require the fast lanes of the highway to be closed in both directions at the work site.

Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the directions of all signs, including reduced speed limits.

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