Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Safety First in Ku-ring-gai

Road into distance

Ku-ring-gai will receive $235,761 for vital road safety works as the fifth round of the $822 million Safer Roads Program begins to roll out.

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said the program, which is funded through the Community Road Safety Fund and delivered in partnership with local councils, will deliver 44 new projects and fund the continuation of projects from previous rounds.

“The NSW Government is committed to reducing the road toll and it’s estimated the Safer Roads Program will prevent around 1500 serious injuries and deaths on NSW roads over 15 years,” Mr Henskens said.

“During 2022/23, $37 million will be invested in 20 new projects, as well as a number of ongoing projects through the Liveable and Safe Urban Communities Initiative in metropolitan NSW.

“These road improvements are designed to save lives and will include upgrades to Mona Vale Road at Fern Street, Pymble with a high-level non-skid surface to reduce off road crashes.”

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said 20 new projects worth $37 million will be delivered in 2022/23 under the Program’s Liveable and Safe Urban Communities Initiative.

“This valuable program was set up by the NSW Government in 2018 and since then we’ve committed to delivering more than 270 projects in metropolitan areas in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong,” Mrs Ward said.

“It’s critical we continue to create safe road environments for everyone, not just for those behind the wheel, but also our pedestrians and cyclists.”

Statewide this round of the Safer Roads Program will deliver:

  • 32 kilometres of safety barrier, which absorb impact forces and protect vehicle occupants, reducing the severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 95 per cent.
  • 32 kilometres of rumble strips to alert motorists they are departing from their lane, reducing the likelihood of this crash type by up to 25 per cent.
  • 110 high-risk rural curve improvements including shoulder sealing, safety barriers, rumble strips, signage upgrades and line-marking upgrades.
  • 14 urban intersection improvement projects including roundabouts and traffic signal upgrades.