Road safety and jobs boost for regional New South Wales

The Australian and New South Wales Governments’ accelerated $398 million investment in road safety improvements through the Safer Roads Program is starting to make a big difference in regional communities, with works under way across the state and many more soon to kick off.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government committed $140 million towards the program in June 2020 to stimulate the economy and create jobs, while getting Australians home sooner and safer.

“We know the impacts of road crashes are devastating and that’s why we are focused on doing everything possible to move towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our funding injection for the NSW Safer Roads Program is about getting boots on the ground and shovels in the dirt to ensure this critical program of works is delivered as quickly as possible, saving lives and livelihoods.

“59 additional Safety Road Program projects are being accelerated, which we expect will prevent around 590 serious injuries or fatalities.

“The Safer Roads Program will also create around 950 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the projects, putting reliable work on the books for local construction companies and ensuring more cash flows through local businesses and communities doing it tough.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Safer Roads Program was another demonstration of the NSW Government funding vital road safety infrastructure for regional and rural communities.

“Projects like these can mean the difference between someone getting home or not – and collectively make NSW roads safer for all of us,” Mr Toole said.

“Projects being rolled out under this program are targeted at sustainable and long-term reductions in road trauma, to assist NSW to achieve our vision of a road network that has moved closer to zero fatalities.

“We know this is particularly vital on our regional and rural roads, with high-level trauma on country roads accounting for two-thirds of all road deaths in the state.

“These works will save lives and bolster the resilience of the state’s rural and regional road networks, meaning smoother, safer trips to school, work or even the shops – which will make a real difference for those in the bush who depend on them for their day-to-day lives.”

The NSW Government is spending $822 million through the Safer Roads program over five years, with $258 million allocated in 2020 to accelerate program delivery.

Media Contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860

Minister Toole – Ella Smith 0428 745 348


Road name

Total Capital Cost

Project Description


Waterfall Way


MR76 - Waterfall Way RSR (Dorrigo to Armidale)

Armidale Regional

MR84 - Burley Griffin Way


MR84 - Burley Griffin Way Route Safety Review


Newell Highway


Newell Highway - Western Region ATLM

Moree Plains

MR85 Batlow Road


MR85 - Batlow Road - Route Safety Review

Snowy Valleys

MR80 - Irrigation Way


MR80 - Irrigation Way Mass Action


The Lakes Way




George Bass Drive


George Bass Drive realignment Lilli Pilli Bends - within Batemans Bay Township


Currarong Rd


Widened centre line, shoulder widening and profile line marking CH 7.5 - 11.7km


Appin Rd


Appin Rd and Brian Rd, Appin - Roundabout, speed reduction, safety barrier


Newell Highway


Newell Highway - South West Region ATLM


Eridge Park Road


Design and Construction of remedial treatments to address crashes on a 3.0km length of semi-rural road - Eridge Park Rd between Moss Vale Rd (MR260) and Kangaloon Rd (MR261)


Kings Hwy


Kings Highway, Mulloon - CHR, wide centre line, SO kerb

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional

Mid Western Highway


HW6 Bathampton Widening and Safety Barrier, between 2.2 and 13km west of Evan Plains Road

Bathurst Regional

Old Dubbo Road


Old Dubbo Road - 11km shoulder widening and delineation improvements

Dubbo Regional

Armidale Road


Two Sites of Armidale Road (MR74) to continue improvement on safety from a reactive (crash history) and proactive (route based) approach. Improvements include widening formation, superelevation correction and hori/vert alignment.

Clarence Valley

Pacific Highway


Pacific Highway / Fords Rd to Old Bar off ramp, Kiwarrak. High friction pavement (096) for full segment. Potentially 2.0km of barrier (083) on shoulder. Removal of legacy barrier and kerbing.


M1 Pacific Motorway


Install wire rope, Install EZY guard barrier, M1 Pacific Motorway from Black Hill Road to John Renshaw Drive.


Wyrallah Rd


Delineation, shoulder widening, vertical alignment improvements and superelevation correction, Wyrallah Rd


Monaro Highway


Monaro Hwy and Baron St, Cooma - Roundabout, kerb blisters, line marking and speed reduction

Snowy Monaro Regional

Mid Western Highway


Mid Western Highway, 4.5km - 6.5km south of Blayney. Provide wide centreline treatment, widen shoulders, clearzone works.


Clarence Way


Provide initial seal on two gravel sections of Clarence Way (MR150) including improvements to formation width, horizontal and vertical alignment.

Clarence Valley

Armidale Road


Improvements to pavement width, strength and superelevation on a section 1.8km of Armidale Road (MR74) at Nymboida

Clarence Valley

Gwydir Highway


HW12 Seg 7330 Elsmore Rd and Seg 7320 Glen Court


Castlereagh Highway


Castlereagh Highway Capertee/Round Swamp - 5-6km north of Capertee - wide centreline treatment, widened shoulders, clearzone works and flexible barrier on roadside


Mary Gilmore Way


Mary Gilmore Way Treatment


Gwydir Highway


HW12 Seg 1320 - Jackadgery Creek

Clarence Valley

Wooli Road


Pavement widening and curve realignment of a 2.0km section of Wooli Road (MR7738) in between Skinners Road to Candole Road

Clarence Valley

Gwydir Highway


HW12 Seg 1010-1020 South Grafton-Waterview

Clarence Valley

Galena Steet


Intersection of Galena Street, Mercury Street and Talc Street - Option 1, install 1-lane rouandabout. Option 2, Kerb extensions, raised islands and intersection signage

Broken Hill

Bushman Street


Bushman St and Dalton St intersection - install single lane roundabout


New England Highway


HW09 - New England Highway (S2222, S2225, S2230)

Glen Innes Severn

Princes Highway


Princes Highway and Wason Street, Milton - Traffic Signals


Blue Knob Road


Blue Knob Road - Mass Action Treatments at Multiple Sites


Dalton road


Treatments for Off path, on curve crashes (RUM 85) for this segment of Dalton Road, Dalton (MR 241)

Upper Lachlan

Gwydir Highway


HW12 Gwydir Highway - Seg 5260-5270 Waterloo Rd and Wellingrove Ck

Glen Innes Severn

Gwydir Highway


HW12 Gwydir Highway - Seg 1410 - 105km to GI

Clarence Valley

Fossickers Way


MR63 Seg 2660 - Sulcor Rd

Tamworth Regional

Mt Lindesay Rd


Program Mount Lindesay Road Bookookarara Sealing of Unsealed Road Surface to increase skid resistance and improve road alignment delineation


Tregeagle Road


Tregeagle Road - Intersection Upgrade at Rous Road


Princes Highway


Princes Highway, Bodalla - Kerb Blisters

Bega Valley

Remembrance Driveway


Pedestrian Facilities - Remembrance Driveway, Tahmoor


Skinners Shoot Road


Skinners Shoot Rd 100 Seg 476.1 CH 1000-1500 - Seg - Curve Improvement - Design & Construction


Gwydir Highway


Hw12 seg 8265 The Garden


Cunninyeuk Road


Widen shoulder on curves up to 2.5m, improve superelevation and install guard rail

Murray River

Larmer Avenue


Install roundabout


The Wool Road


Install painted Channalised Right (CHR) turn lane


Elizabeth Drive


Install roundabout


Tallwood Avenue


Install roundabout


Clarence Way


Malabugilmah Aboriginal Community

Clarence Valley

Nelson Bay Road


Nelson Bay Rd at Lily Hill Rd - painted CHR (include protection of, or relocation of service pole opposite intersection and tree removal).

Port Stephens

Princes Highway


Upgrade of existing Pedestrian Refuges on the Princes Highway, Narooma -


Gardiner Road


ORANGE - Intersection of Gardiner & Cecil Road - Install raised platform


Argyle Street


Moss Vale Road, Moss Vale - Install Kerb Blisters at existing Pedestrian Refuge


Gowings Hill Road


Burnt Bridge Aboriginal Communities


Princes Highway


Princes Highway, Cobargo - Kerb Blisters

Bega Valley

Princes Highway


Princes Highway, 100m South of Wharf Street, Narooma - Kerb Blisters


Clarence Way


Baryulgil Aboriginal Community

Clarence Valley

Kosciuszko Road


Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne - Pedestrian Refuge

Snowy Monaro Regional

Fern Street


Pedestrian Refuge Fern Street Gerringong In front of Post Office and extend 40km/h speed zone