RMS to install safety barrier and painted median on notorious Morisset road.

Scot MacDonald

Scot MacDonald

WORK will start on Sunday to improve the safety of a notorious stretch of road in Morisset where cars are prone to crossing onto the wrong side of the carriageway, or veering off the driving surface into bush.

Roads and Maritime Services will begin the works on Main Road and Macquarie Street.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the state government had allocated $650,000 to improve safety for motorists between Campview Road and Marconi Road by installing 400 metres of safety barrier, widening the shoulder, and providing a painted median on Main Road and Macquarie Street.

“This work will help prevent vehicles from veering off the road and reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over the wrong side of the road,” Mr MacDonald said.

“In the five years to June 2014 there were seven crashes at this location, including two crashes where a car veered off the road on the curve and two head-on crashes. All these crashes resulted in injury.”

Work is scheduled to start this Sunday, May 21, and is expected to be completed in 10 weeks, weather permitting.

To minimise the distruption to motorists, work will be carried out at night between 7pm and 5am from Sundays to Thursdays. 

Some work may need to be carried out between 9.30am and 2.30pm during the week, and between 8am and 1pm, on Saturday.

To ensure the safety of workers and motorists,  temporary lane closures, a reduced 40 km/h speed limit, traffic control and signs will be in place while work is carried out, Mr MacDonald said.

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