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WENDY TUCKERMAN: Works start to make Lachlan Valley Way safer

Work to improve safety for motorists on Lachlan Valley Way is about to step up a gear, with upgrades to two sections near Bellevue and Boorowa due to start on Monday 25 May.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said a 2.4-kilometre section, about 10 kilometres north of the Hume Highway intersection at Bellevue, was earmarked for improvement after a review revealed a number of serious crashes had occurred along the winding stretch.

“The NSW road toll isn't simply a number - it is people. We are doing everything in our power to push the number of deaths on NSW roads towards zero,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“In the five years to 2014, 19 crashes were recorded on this section of road, with eight crashes involving injuries to motorists or their passengers. Removing trees will improve visibility on this winding section of the Lachlan Valley Way.”

Work on the project includes repairing the road, widening the shoulder, improving drainage and installing new signage on a one-kilometre section of road.

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, 25 July, weather permitting.

While the work is being carried out, a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place, and traffic may be reduced to one lane for the safety of motorists and workers.

A second project to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes on the Lachlan Valley Way, north of Clear Hills Lane between Boorowa and Cowra, will also start on 25 May.

The work will include shoulder widening, safety barrier installation, clear zone hazard removal and intersection improvements on a two-kilometre section of the Lachlan Valley Way at Rossi Road, 35 kilometres north of Boorowa.

“There were seven crashes recorded at this location in the six years to 2013, and all involved a vehicle running off the road and crashing into a tree on the side of the road,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“A large number of mature roadside trees and saplings will be removed, and 500 metres of safety barrier will be installed to improve safety for motorists in the event their vehicle runs off the road.

Work will take place for four weeks between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, and between 8am to 1pm Saturday, weather permitting.

Traffic control and reduced speed limits of 40, 60 and 80 km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

Transport for NSW recently completed a review of environmental factors at both locations, which determined the work would not directly impact threatened flora and fauna.

21 May 2020

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