Projects undertaken to enhance road safety

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has ratified recent reconstruction works on two sections of the Merriwa Road (MR 358) and one section of the Werris Creek Road (MR 130).

“The works have been undertaken to enhance safety and to provide an improvement to the road environment for all road users,” said LPSC Mayor, Doug Hawkins OAM.

The works have seen line-marking installed in line with current RMS Delineation at the following locations:

  • Merriwa Road (MR 358) – for the final 3.6 kilometre section, following reconstruction adjoining the Upper Hunter Shire Council boundary and involves 3.6 kilometres of double barrier line and edge line.
  • Merriwa Road (MR 358) – at a recently reconstructed section at the T-intersection of Willow Tree Gravels’ Quarry, 2.5 kilometres from the New England Highway involving 700 metres of Double Barrier lines, a short 26 metre channelised right hand turn bay, 1400 metres of edge-line, 30 metres of barrier line and 60 metres of edge-line on the entrance to the Quarry.
  • Werris Creek Road (MR 130) – at the recently constructed heavy vehicle U-turn bay approximately 320 metres south of South Street Werris Creek involving 250 metres of edge-line, a 26 metre channelised right hand turn bay and 140 metres of barrier line.

“Funding for the work undertaken the final 3.6 kilometre section of the Merriwa Road within the LPSC local government area was obtained through State and Federal Government agencies. The 700 metre reconstructed section at the Quarry was funded through Block Grant funding and the line-marking funded by the Quarry,” Councillor Hawkins said.

“The heavy vehicle U-turn bay works on the Werris Creek Road were funded by Crawford’s Freightlines. The heavy vehicle U-turn facility has been constructed on the Werris Creek Road, south of Werris Creek, to provide a safer access route into South Street and the intermodal terminal for vehicles coming from the north,” he said.

“As our roadways become increasingly busy it is important that infrastructure is well planned and maintained and will meet our needs now and in the future,” he concluded.

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