WORK BEGINS ON UPGRADING CANIABA ROAD TO SAVE LIVES
Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced Lismore will benefit from the Saving Lives on Country Roads Program with $780,000 in upgrades Caniaba Road.
Mr George said the works which will start this financial year will include a clear zone and sealed shoulder, road delineation and improved alignment.
“Country people make up a third of the NSW population, but last year fatalities on country roads made up nearly 70 per cent of the road toll. The shocking truth is that you are four times more likely to be killed on roads in the country compared to people who live in the city.
“In the Lismore electorate for the five years from 2013-17, forty people have tragically lost their lives and 558 have been seriously injured, putting our road toll well above the state average,” Mr George said.
The Saving Lives on Country Roads Program aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by addressing high risk curves and installing safety features to prevent driver fatigue and lane departure crashes.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the projects in Lismore electorate form part of $640 million to deliver safety upgrades on country roads, part of a record $1.9 billion investment to improve road safety in NSW.
“Development of projects will get under way from next month, with Roads, Maritime and Services and local councils starting to work on or completing these important upgrades this financial year.”
A second round of infrastructure upgrades will take place next financial year.
Along with these safety works, the Saving Lives on Country Roads advertising campaign continues to be rolled out to encourage drivers to think twice about their behaviour on the road.