NSW Government's $6.6 million funding targets New England Highway, Sandy Creek Road, Hebden Road and Golden Highway

Road safety on the map

MORE than $6.6 million will be invested in projects throughout the Upper Hunter to improve road safety for motorists.

The NSW Government has targeted the New England Highway, Sandy Creek Road, Hebden Road and the Golden Highway.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen welcomed the news.

"The suite of safety measures will be rolled out via seven projects - five new and two existing - through round three of the Safer Roads Program," he said.

"That includes safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines.

"We know living in regional NSW often means a lot more time spent on our roads - and this program is about making those roads as safe as possible.

"Every life matters.

"And, that's why we're investing in life-saving measures across our road network to see that every motorist who sets off on a journey makes it home to their family and friends."

New projects receiving funding in the electorate during the next financial year:

  • 2020/21 - New England Highway, $1,180,000
  • 2020/21 - New England Highway, $575,000
  • 2020/21 - Sandy Creek Road, $419,520
  • 2020/21 - Hebden Road, $316,357
  • 2020/21 - New England Highway, $150,000

Existing projects receiving additional funding during the next financial year include:

  • 2018/19 - New England Highway, $2,300,000
  • 2019/20 - Golden Highway, $1,705,000

Mr Johnsen also provided details regarding the funding for the New England Highway.

"For the new projects [on the New England Highway], the $1.18m is for the highway both 3km south of Parkville and 3km north of Parkville, with $575,000 for north of Segenhoe Road, Aberdeen, and $150,000 for 1.5km south of Gordon Street, Aberdeen," he said.

"With regards to the existing project on the New England Highway, $2.3 million is for New England Highway and Range Road at Whittingham."

Mr Johnsen said the latest round of funding would see 207 new projects start, bringing the total to $258 million for work on 383 projects next financial year.

"These are projects designed to save lives," he added.

"We're committed to reducing the state's road toll.

"The measures we are investing in through this program will prevent the loss of more than 1500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years."

The NSW Government's $822 Million Safer Roads Program is a five-year initiative, with more than $300 million already spent over the past two years.

The Safer Roads Program comprises of the Saving Lives on Country Roads, and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives, which see targeted projects delivered for both the bush and city.