The Hunter community is being invited to have its say on a proposal to improve safety for all road users on Lang Street at Kurri Kurri.
Transport for NSW director north region Anna Zycki said the $2 million project was being funded through the Federal Stimulus Road Safety program, which is jointly-subsidised by the Australian and NSW governments.
“Kurri Kurri will be a safer place to live and work after these safety improvements are implemented,” she stated.
“Lang Street is a busy thoroughfare with about 14,000 vehicles using it daily to access the Hunter Expressway and Cessnock Road.
“This project has been designed to improve safety in Kurri Kurri, and it’s also estimated it will help support about 20 jobs while it’s being carried out.
“However, we want to be sure the design meets the needs of all road users and so we’re asking for comments from the local community and other interested stakeholders.”
In total, the Australian Government has committed up to $300 million and the NSW Government a further $108.2 million to fund the first stage of state-wide upgrades under the program.
Ms Zycki said the project had been designed to reduce the number of crashes on Lang Street by improving safety and traffic flow between Merthyr and Cantwell streets.
“The proposal includes resurfacing the road, adjusting drainage and installing new line marking to provide right and left turn lanes into Stanford, Greta and Heddon streets,” she explained.
“These new turning lanes will allow traffic to move more smoothly through the area and help to reduce the risk of rear-end crashes.
“The design also includes three concrete pedestrian refuges and a wide painted central median, which would allow pedestrians to cross more safely, and adjustments to the existing parking spaces in some sections of Lang Street.”
Cessnock City Council is also proposing some work to complement the Transport for NSW proposal, including building a concrete footpath between Stanford and Greta streets and near Heddon Street to connect a bus stop to the proposed refuge.
The concept design is available online at www.nswroads.work/langstreet and feedback may be submitted by Monday 19 April via email to [email protected] or by post to Paul Galvin, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.
All feedback will be carefully considered and the community kept informed as the proposal progresses.