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Let’s get ready to rumble: new safety measures for six NSW highways

More than 2700 kilometres of rumble strips – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back again – will be installed along regional highways to combat driver fatigue and save lives on country roads.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said thousands of kilometres of new rumble strips would replace existing reflective markers, under the NSW Government’s commitment to making regional roads safer.

“Rumble strips are estimated to reduce fatalities and injuries by 15 to 25 per cent – particularly in crashes associated with fatigue or distraction,” Mr Farraway said.

“Through the Saving Lives Accelerated Program (SLAP), our Government has committed $46 million over the next three years to install rumble strips and enhance line-marking on key regional routes.

“It’s part of our record $14.5 billion investment into regional roads and transport to improve everyday life for people living and working in NSW.

“Our strong economic management means we can invest more in important infrastructure and build what matters.”

Mr Farraway said the 2021-22 program included the Cobb Highway (Hay to Moama) Castlereagh Highway (Lithgow to Dunedoo), Golden Highway (Singleton to Dubbo), Kamilaroi Highway (Quirindi to Bourke), Gwydir Highway (Grafton to Moree) and Oxley Highway (Wauchope to Coonabarabran).

Work will commence progressively from the end of the month between 7am and 6pm seven days a week, weather permitting.

For the safety of all motorists and workers, reduced speed limits of 40 km/h will be in place during work hours along with single lane closures.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, obey signs and traffic control and allow extra travel time.