The state government will spend an additional $3 million on Port Stephens roads in the next two years to improve safety at five locations.
The upgrades across Port Stephens are:
· $300,000 in 2017/18 for off-road cycleways at roundabouts, and widening lanes for more cycleways on a 9.5km length of Nelson Bay Road (MR 108), from Medowie Road to approx. 1.8km east of Marsh Rd, Williamstown/Salt Ash.
· $795,000 in 2017/18 for two intersections on Lemon Tree Passage Rd, Tanilba Bay. Install a one lane roundabout at the first intersection and improve sight distance and install raised concrete island at the second intersection.
· $1.65 million in 2017/18 to install a two lane roundabout at intersection of Raymond Terrace Rd and Seaham Rd at Nelson Plains.
· $120,000 in 2018/19 to install traffic calming devices, improve road surface with increased friction and improve sight distance at intersection of Shoal Bay Road and Gowrie Avenue in Nelson Bay.
· $190,000 in 2018/19 to install traffic calming devices to reduce risk of crashing into roadside hazards on a 1.3km length of Foreshore Drive, Port Stephens Drive to Sandy Pt Road Salamander Bay.
The spend is part of the state government’s $70 million Safer Roads Program targeting 172 safety upgrades to the state’s road network to help drive down the road toll.
“Last year 254 people lost their lives in regional NSW. That’s two-thirds of our total road toll for 2016” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“Most of these drivers were locals and many of them died close to home. There are also thousands of people being seriously injured on our roads each year.”
The program is funded through the Community Road Safety fund where all speed camera revenue is allocated.”