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NSW introduces safety measures for six highways

The government is adding safety precautions to six major NSW freight routes

The New South Wales government says it’s including more than 2700 kilometres of rumble strips on rural highways to combat driver fatigue and benefit driver safety.

NSW regional transport and roads minister Sam Farraway says these new rumble strips would replace existing reflective markers on six state highways under a commitment to make regional roads safer.

“Rumble strips are estimated to reduce fatalities and injuries by 15 to 25 per cent – particularly in crashes associated with fatigue or distraction,” Farraway says.

“Through the saving lives accelerated program (SLAP), our government has committed $46 million over the next three years to install rumble strips and enhance line-marking on key regional routes.

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“It’s part of our $14.5 billion investment into regional roads and transport to improve everyday life for people living and working in NSW.”

Under the new program, the Cobb Highway (Hay to Moama), Castlereagh Highway (Lithgow to Dunedoo), Golden Highway (Singleton to Dubbo), Kamilaroi Highway (Quirindi to Bourke), Gwydir Highway (Grafton to Moore) and Oxley Highway (Wauchope to Coonabarabran) will be upgraded.

The work will commence at the end of this month seven days a week, with reduced speed limits of 40 kilometres per hour to be in place along with single lane closures.

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