Jul 6, 2011

Safety work along Nelson Bay Road completed

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

6 July 2011

Safety improvements along the Nelson Bay Road have been completed, removing two notorious black spots which in recent years have been the scene of nine crashes resulting in serious injuries.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said this increasingly busy road linking Newcastle to Port Stephens via Williamtown had been made safer with $760,000 in funding from the Gillard Labor Government’s Black Spot Program.

“This investment has made Nelson Bay Road safer for the more than 10,000 motorists and truck drivers which use it every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“The Black Spot Program has a proven track 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 since coming to office in late 2007, with roadworks at a further 95 notorious NSW black spots expected to start over the coming twelve months.”

The RTA commenced work on this fully Federally-funded safety upgrade just two months ago in May.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said completion of the work will be welcomed by the local community as well as the many visitors to this unique part of NSW.

“Recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts, the package of works involved straightening and widening Nelson Bay Road at the intersection with Boyces Track as well as west of Avocado Farm,” said Mr Gay.

“I thank motorists and the local community for their patience while this important safety work was being carried out.

“In partnership with the Federal Government, we are getting on with the job of building safer roads and tackling the appalling human, social and economic cost of car accidents.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering a further $40m towards upgrades on Nelson Bay Road between Anna Bay and Bobs Farm.”