Heathcote will receive $800,000 for a vital road safety upgrade as part of the fifth round of the $822 million Safer Roads Program. These road improvements are designed to save lives.

The Sir Bertram Stevens Drive project will upgrade road safety by improving sealed shoulder up to 2.5m on curve.

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.

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 a number of projects from previous rounds,” Mr Evans said.

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

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.