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Barton Highway $100M upgrade to undergo more safety works

  • Posted on Thursday 2nd, August 2018.

More work is underway on the Barton Highway duplication as part of the $100 package of works funded by both the Federal and New South Wales governments.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, said the new upgrades would involve improving road shoulders at various locations to reduce the risk of crashes. A new national scheme is under development to ensure the people who design, install, and maintain road safety barriers on Australia’s and New Zealand’s road network are appropriately trained.

“We understand how important the Barton Highway is for connecting regional NSW to the ACT,” said McCormack. “As a resident of southern NSW, I travel the Barton very regularly and see first-hand the need to make it safer.”

“This safety work, which will take about a month to complete, follows on from other safety work carried out from November last year and will involve widening and flattening the road shoulders to provide additional road surface for improved road user safety.”

NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, said this would be in addition to work already completed to upgrade signs, adjust line marking, install safety barriers and clear vegetation.

“Further safety work scheduled for later in the year will involve the removal of some mature trees and stormwater drainage improvements,” said Pavey. “Environmental assessment will be required before this work can start.”

Senator for NSW, Jim Molan, said the work would be carried out between 9.30am and 3pm on weekdays, weather permitting.

“Lane closures closest to where work is being carried out will be in place during work hours for the safety of motorists and workers,” said Molan. “Access to side roads will be maintained but may be managed by traffic control at times.”

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