Australia, Roadworks, Transport News

NSW completes major Kamilaroi Highway safety upgrades

The NSW government has announced that $34.6 million of safety work on the Kamilaroi Highway has been completed

The NSW government has announced that $34.6 million worth of safety upgrade work has been completed on a 17 kilometre stretch of the Kamilaroi Highway in north-west NSW.

The upgrades have been done to provide smoother and safer journeys for local residents, tourists and freight operators.

Upgrade work on the Kamilaroi Highway started between Baan Baa and Turrawan in December 2019 due to its crash history.

The final safety barriers have now been installed to protect motorists leaving the road, with wide centre lines, rumble strips, widened clear zones and other safety measures also included to prevent run-off road and head-on crashes.

The $34.6 million funding was provided by the NSW government through its Safer Roads Program after a 2014 review by the Centre for Road Safety identified that speeding and driver fatigue are major hazards on that section of the highway.

“Safety is our number one priority on all NSW roads and the work completed between Baan Baa and Turrawan reflects our commitment to making much-needed improvements wherever they are needed,” NSW regional transport and roads minister Jenny Aitchison says.

“Between July 2012 and October 2019, there were 18 crashes recorded in this area, including four fatal crashes, seven serious injury crashes and four moderate injury crashes.

“A high proportion of these crashes were the result of vehicles crossing the centre lines and safety improvements such as these can increase the distance between oncoming traffic and alert drivers when they leave their lane.

“Evidence shows that wire rope barriers can significantly reduce the risk of death and serious injury in crashes because they dissipate the energy of a crash away from people in cars, and because the rope deflects and contains the vehicle from hitting other objects, such as trees and other vehicles.”

Community consultation following the review found that new overtaking lanes were needed, with a pull-over bay constructed for over size over mass (OSOM) vehicles roughly 7.5 kilometres north of Baan Baa.

The other safety measures installed include designated school bus stopping and turning bays near the Turrawan Road intersection, 2.5m wide sealed shoulders to give more room for vehicles, widened roadside clear zones, raised retroflective pavement markers and flatter roadside batters.

Previous ArticleNext Article
  1. Australian Truck Radio Listen Live
Send this to a friend