Safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines will be rolled out across New South Wales’ road network as part of an $822 million investment.

The work is part of the Transport for NSW’s Safer Roads Program. Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said round three of the program would see $258 million invested into 383 projects next financial year.

“These are projects designed to save lives,” he said. “We are committed to reducing the state’s road toll and the measures we are investing in will prevent the loss of more than 1,500 lives and serious injuries on our roads over 15 years.”

Round three of the Safer Roads Program will deliver:

  • More than 230 kilometres of safety barriers, designed to absorb impact forces and protect vehicle occupants to reduce the severity of head-on and run-off-road crashes by up to 95 percent.
  • 2,150 kilometres of rumble strips to alert motorists they are departing from their lane.
  • Almost 1,000 kilometres of wide centreline to provide a greater distance for drivers to recover from lane departure, which is said to reduce the likelihood of head-on crashes by up to 50 percent and run-off-road crashes by up to 25 percent.
  • Almost 1,500 high-risk rural curve improvements including shoulder sealing, safety barriers, rumble strips, signage upgrades and line-marking upgrades.
  • More than 100 urban intersection improvement projects including roundabouts and traffic signal upgrades.

Toole said the Safer Roads Program was a five-year program, with more than $300 million already spent over the last two years to deliver 113 kilometres of barriers, 3,000 kilometres of rumble strips and 2,800 kilometres of wide centreline across the state.