Road safety works underway on Sandy Creek Road

A photo of Council's Road Safety Officer Alison Shelton, Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent and Member for the Hunter, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP pictured in front of the newly installed vehicle activated warning sign on Sandy Creek Road.

Council has commenced works on Sandy Creek Road, from Quorrobolong to Mt Vincent to improve road safety. The road improvement works are funded under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

A total of $343,500 will be spent on road widening to achieve a 2.5m road shoulder, installing W-beam guardrails with motorcycle under run protection, installing chevron alignment markers on curves, line marking with reflective raised pavement markers and a vehicle activated warning sign.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the start of works on a part of the road that has a history of motorcycle related crashes.

“The vehicle activated warning sign is now installed and will improve the safety of people approaching that particular right hand curve. It will warn of the presence of the curve, improving safety for drivers and for motorcycle riders who travel along the popular route.”

“At rest the sign face is blank. It uses a radar to detect approaching vehicles which causes the LEDS to flash “SLOW DOWN” and illuminates a right arrow in a diamond. This is the first sign of this type to be installed in the Cessnock Local Government Area and we’re extremely pleased we’ve been able to fund its installation using Black Spot funding. “

Federal Member for the Hunter, the Hon, Joel Fitzgibbon MP said, “road safety is an important issue and something that all levels of government should always be looking to improve. This funding will go a long way to making sure that those who travel on Sandy Creek Road can do so safely, which is excellent news for not only the people of this part of the Hunter, but also tourists who visit regularly.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of July 2021. To keep up to date with the project progress visit the project page.


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