IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY ON HILLVUE ROAD AND GARDEN STREET
Road safety at the intersection of Garden Street and Hillvue Road is the winner with a grant of $610,000 to build a roundabout under the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the roundabout will be constructed with the aim of reducing the number and severity of vehicle accidents.
“I’m always looking for ways we can improve road safety right across the region and today’s announcement is a concrete example of what we can achieve when we put in the hard work.
“This intersection has about 7,000 vehicles pass though it daily and records show that in a five year period there have been nine vehicle accidents seven of which resulting in injuries to drivers or their passengers.
“Right across the region we have been successful in sourcing funding for road upgrades and safety campaigns.
“Almost $21 million has been invested in improving Manilla Road to provide easier, faster and safer travel through Tamworth with improved pedestrian access.
“The Tamworth community was invited to attend two drop-in sessions about upcoming work with the proposed installation of new traffic lights at the junction of Jewry Street and Manilla Road. There was a good roll-up as this will be an important project to improve safety and travel times on one of city’s busiest roads.
“Late last year I announced $152,000 for Tamworth Regional Council to help complete the design phase of the stretch of Goonoo Goonoo Road between Greg Norman Drive and Calala Lane.
“This is great news for Tamworth as it makes us shovel ready for the project as soon as money for the project becomes available.
“I have been working hard with Tamworth Regional Council to get their submissions for upgraded roads and streets funded and tis projects like this one today that are the result of this effort,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Design work for the proposed roundabout is expected to start in March and construction is expected to start next financial year.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP with Tamworth Regional Council Mayor, Cr Col Murray at the site of the proposed roundabout.