Safety upgrade for Blackhead Road intersection

Published on 16 September 2020

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The notorious intersection of The Lakes Way and Blackhead Road will receive a $4million safety upgrade thanks to the Federal and State Governments.

MidCoast Council is delighted with the news that the dangerous black spot intersection will be changed to a roundabout, significantly improving the safety of road users on the busy stretch of road.

Mayor David West said this is another example of the benefits that can be delivered to our community when all three levels of government are working together to make a real difference at the local level.

“The levels of collaboration and trust we’ve established is returning unprecedented government investment in key areas such as roads, safety, economic stimulus and water security,” Mayor West said.

The Australian Government has committed an additional $140 million for targeted road safety projects, building on the NSW Government’s $258 million investment in its Safer Roads Program in 2020-21.

Dr Gillespie said the local funding will deliver the safety upgrade the community have called for with a one lane round-a-bout, including traffic calming, line marking, lighting and signage.

“This stretch of road has seen too many accidents and near misses, it has taken a heavy toll on the lives of families here and across our community,” Dr Gillespie said.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead discovered first-hand how dangerous this intersection can be, when he broke his leg in a car accident there on the way home, almost 10 years ago.

“I’ve been a tireless campaigner to upgrade our local roads and this intersection, because I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through that night, and I don’t want any other families to go through what my family did,” he said.

Council will now prepare detailed design plans before the work is put to tender. Site works will include the relocation of power and water utilities and work is expected to begin prior to Easter 2021.