Aug 8, 2011

Dangerous black spot fixed near Sofala

Safety improvements along the Ilford-Sofala Road north of Sofala have been completed, removing a notorious black spot which has been the scene of one fatality and several crashes in recent years.

As part of our Black Spots Program, the Gillard Labor Government allocated $1 million to improve the condition and safety of the Ilford-Sofala Road, which is used daily by 800 cars and trucks.

To address the number of southbound vehicles running off the road or crossing into oncoming traffic, the project has delivered:

  • a concrete median barrier;
  • wider bends in the road; and
  • a reduction in speed limits from 100km/h to 80km/h along sections of the road to better reflect the driving conditions.

Some minor sealing works will be completed in November and I thank motorists in advance for their patience.

The project was recommended by a panel of road safety experts and is just one of the 95 black spots we are targeting in NSW over the coming 12 months.

The Black Spot Program has a proven record of saving lives with an evaluation showing that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.

That’s why we’ve doubled its budget to half a billion dollars over six years.