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Safety improvements on Appin Rd begin early 2016

Work on the $6.2 million safety and realignment project, funded through the NSW Safer Roads Program, is set to begin early next year.

Work on the $6.2 million safety and realignment project, funded through the NSW Safer Roads Program, is set to begin early next year.In December, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward announced that work is planned to start early next year to improve motorists’ safety on Appin Road by realigning the road at Cataract, about four kilometres west of the M1 Princes Motorway intersection at Bulli Tops.

The NSW is allocating $6.2 million for the project, with the bends on this section of Appin Road identified for improvement as part of the Appin Road Safety Review.

“The project is funded through the NSW Safer Roads Program which aims to reduce the risk, incidence and severity of all crashes on NSW roads,” said Mr. Ward in a statement.

“The review was carried out in late 2013 and early 2014 and focused on a 27 kilometre length of Appin Road from the Princes Motorway at Bulli Tops to the Kellerman Drive roundabout at St Helens Park.

“The findings of the review were published in March last year and highlighted four distinct crash clusters, two of which are located on the bends where this work will take place.”

Mr. Ward said that project planning including environmental investigations are now being finalised.

“Work is expected to start early next year to reduce the number and severity of crashes on this section of Appin Road, particularly head-on and run-off road crashes,” he said.

“In the five years to June 2013 there were 18 crashes including two fatal crashes on this section of road. Since then there have been an additional six crashes including two fatal crashes.

“Besides realigning the road, work will also include installing safety barriers and improving drainage,” Mr. Ward said.

“Since 2011, Roads and Maritime Services has carried out more than $1 million in upgrade work to improve safety on Appin Road, including resurfacing the road between Bulli Tops and Loddon River and also west of West Cliff Colliery.

“New speed advisory and electronic warning signs have also been installed on the approach to several bends, while new roadside safety barriers have been installed at multiple locations to address the most common crash type on Appin Road, where vehicles run off the road,” Mr. Ward concluded.

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