Road works in Newcastle to boost safety and support jobs
A series of road resurfacing projects currently underway in Lambton, Waratah and Wallsend will provide safer journeys in Newcastle and support around 30 local jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $ 1.342 million work package was jointly funded as part of the over $ 400 million allocation. dollars from the road safety program announced in March by the governments of Australia and New South Wales.
“The Australian government has committed up to $ 300 million and the New South Wales government an additional $ 108.9 million to fund statewide upgrades under the first tranche of the program ”, declared the Deputy Prime Minister.
“This project includes the resurfacing of Turton Road at six locations and Newcastle Road at one location to improve the skid resistance of the road surface and help reduce the risk of accidents, especially in wet weather.
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister and Acting Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said work on the month-long project began on Sunday.
“It’s about providing safer journeys on some of Newcastle’s busiest roads,” Toole said.
“The program is implementing projects that will help prevent the loss of over 538 lives and serious injuries on our roads – that’s the difference between 538 people returning home safely to ultimately reunite with their families.” .
NSW Senator Hollie Hughes praised the project’s focus on safety, as one fatality on our roads is one too many.
“The safety benefits expected as a result of this work will have a positive impact for years to come,” said Senator Hughes.
“This is a great local example of the Australian government’s $ 2 billion road safety program, rapidly deploying life-saving treatments and improving protection for vulnerable road users such as cyclists. and pedestrians. “
Transport for NSW has engaged the City of Newcastle to carry out the work between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday evening and is expected to be completed in four weeks, weather permitting.
Motorists should follow traffic control and sign instructions, including reduced speed limits.