Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today recognised that community feedback has shaped plans for improving safety on the New England Highway at Camberwell.
Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government was investing $4.4 million as part of the Safer Roads Program to improve safety between Singleton and Muswellbrook.
“The project at Camberwell between Glennies Creek and McInerney Road is key to reducing crash risk along this stretch of the New England Highway,” Mr Johnsen said.
“We went out to get the views of our local community in July to ensure residents and road users were on board with the proposed improvements.
“We’ve listened to that feedback and made changes to the proposed options, including removing a proposal to ban right-turn traffic at Alpha Street, with Transport for NSW also currently carrying out a speed zone review for this area.
“Improvements include installing a one-metre-wide painted centreline along a section of the highway from east of Lethbridge Street until west of Glennie Street, which will provide greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.
“Work will also include widening the highway on approach to Glennie Street to improve safety for motorists turning left, and installing audio-tactile line marking along the highway’s edge and centrelines.
“The project will upgrade drainage, improve line markings, and install a safety barrier and new signage on the northern approach to the bridge over Glennies Creek.”
Further investigations will be carried out to consider extending the right-turn lane into McInerney Road following the feedback.
“The New England Highway is a busy transport and freight route in the Upper Hunter, with about 14,700 vehicles travelling through Camberwell daily,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Ensuring all road users complete their journeys safely is our number one priority, so upgrading this section of the highway, which has had five crashes in the five years to 2019, including one fatality, is a huge win for the local community.”
A copy of the Community Consultation Report is available at nswroads.work/NEHCamberwell or by contacting Project Manager Jason Walsh on 0436 454 028 or email@example.com.