A $2.9 million project to upgrade safety along a 14 kilometre section of the Mitchell Highway west of Trangie has been completed.
The state government, under the Safer Roads Program, funded the upgrades to the stretch of highway that has claimed at least eight lives in the last six years.
Member for Dubbo and Police Minister Troy Grant said the NSW Government funded the project to reduce the number and severity of run off road crashes on the road.
“This section of road has been the location of six crashes in the past eight years, resulting in seven fatalities,” Mr Grant said.
Safety improvement work included road widening, wire safety barrier installation and vegetation clearing.
The installation of audio tactile line marking along the edge lines of the road was carried out in mid- 2017. Work on the 14-kilometre section of road began in January.
“A total of 2.4 kilometres of wire rope barriers have been installed along the edges of the road to protect out of control cars from running off the road and hitting high risk roadside objects such as trees, reducing the risk of serious injury or death,” Mr Grant said.
“These have been installed at strategic locations where crashes have occurred in the past.
“On the sections of road where barriers have not been installed, trees have now been removed within nine metres of the road, creating a wide clear zone and a more forgiving roadside environment.”
“Work on the project started in January this year and was completed within budget and on time. Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience during this important safety upgrade work,” he said.