Work begins on fixing Black Spot at Blue Haven

Media Release

DC221/2016

12 December 2016

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • Work underway on upgrading intersection at Blue Haven on the NSW Central Coast
  • High-risk intersection with 16 crashes in the five years to June 2014
  • Barriers will prevent vehicles from crossing onto the wrong side of the road

The Australian Government is investing in safer Central Coast roads, with work underway at the Pacific Highway and Motorway Link Road intersection at Blue Haven.

Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Darren Chester said the $250,000 project would reduce the risk of crashes at a dangerous intersection.

“Since late 2009, there have been 16 crashes resulting in 12 injuries within 60 metres of this intersection, so it is clearly a priority site for safety works,” Mr Chester said.

“Reducing road deaths and injury is a goal shared by every government around the country, and the Australian and New South Wales governments are working together to invest in safer roads.

“The action we take to make targeted improvements can save lives, particularly through the Black Spot Programme.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said work would include installing 60 metres of raised concrete barrier on the median of the Pacific Highway and 70 metres of wire rope safety barrier on the median on the Motorway Link Road.

“The new barriers on the southern and western sides of the intersection will help reduce the likelihood of crashes by preventing vehicles crossing onto the wrong side of the road,” Mr Gay said.

“Work will be carried out Sunday to Thursday nights from 6pm to 6am and is expected to be completed by mid-January, weather permitting. No work will be carried out between Friday 23 December and Monday 9 January.

“For the safety of workers and motorists, a 40km/h temporary reduced speed limit and traffic control will be in place during work hours. We ask motorists to keep to the speed limit and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.”

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