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NSW to install rumble strips to improve safety on Mid-Western Highway

Transport for NSW is beginning to install rumble strips along a popular section of the state’s Mid-Western Highway

The NSW government has announced a new spate of safety works along 106km of the Mid-Western Highway, with rumble strips to be installed along the section.

Between Bathurst and Cowra, the rumble strips will lead the safety works along the state’s central west freight route.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) regional director west Alistair Lunn says Audio Tactile Line Marking (ATLM), otherwise known as rumble strips, was a proven road safety treatment in reducing the number of crashes by 15 to 25 per cent.

“Safety is our number one priority and, using ATLM, along some of our key regional routes is an effective measure we can use to increase the chances that all our road users will get home safely,” Lunn says.

“If a vehicle leaves its travel lane for whatever reason, such as fatigue or inattention, the rumble strips will provide that vibration effect that alerts the driver to correct their path and avoid a serious accident.

“Our crews will install 147 kilometres of ATLM and will be moving along the road corridor with mobile traffic control.

“We ask motorists to be alert and patient, slow down if they approach our convoy and pass only when it is safe to do so, or otherwise allow the convoy to pull over if necessary to allow you to safely pass.”

Work hours will be between 7am and 6pm, seven days a week. TfNSW says there will be minimal impact to residents of Bathurst, Blayney and Cowra, with the ATLM only being installed along the highway outside of towns where the speed limit is 80 km/h or above, and at least 200m or more away from homes.

The project will continue until June 1, weather permitting, with the project part of the NSW government’s $46 million Saving Lives Accelerated Package to install ATLM on key regional and rural routes in the three years to 2026.

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