Safer streets for Broken Hillites - from Barrier Daily Truth

13 February, 2020
Safer streets for Broken Hillites - from Barrier Daily Truth Image

Broken Hill is set to receive more than $400,000 to increase safety on several streets and this should provide more jobs, local MP Roy Butler said yesterday. Under the Safer Roads Program safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines are among the measures that would help keep motorists safe. The new projects will include installing a pedestrian refuge and other safety measures in Oxide Street and raised islands and road feature signs in Gypsum Street. The intersection of Oxide and Blende streets will see the installation of pedestrian refuges, kerb blisters and the give way line will be moved forward. The corner of Gypsum and Cornish streets will get kerb extensions, raised islands and extra signage. Mr Butler said he was pleased to see the city receiving this investment after he flagged the issues of accidents last year. “According to the NRMA, more than 70 per cent of fatal crashes on country roads involve country residents who often lose their lives just kilometres from home,” Mr Butler said. “I flagged the issue of accidents in regional NSW last year - the numbers  were shocking, people’s lives are at stake here. “It’s vitally important that the Government invest in regional road upgrades so we can make sure people get home safely. “I welcome the investment they’re now making and look forward to hearing about local trades and councils undertaking the work, investing back into the community.” Mr Butler said this would be a boost for the town in more ways than one. “It’s important that local contractors or Councils have first bite of any project like this, working with the local people means local people employed, and money spent at local businesses,” he said.

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