Wingecarribee Shire Council will this week begin work on a two month road reconstruction and widening project on Mount Broughton Road in Moss Vale.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Michael Brearley said the project was part of Council’s ongoing safety improvement program.
“Some 12 off-road crashes have occurred in the five years to 2008 on this road with six of these being serious.Subsequently, both Council and the RTA have deemed Mount Broughton Road – and in particular the 400-metre span just south of Bibby’s Lane – as a priority for attention,” he said.
Planned reconstruction will involve site clearing and earthworks, construction of a rock gabion retaining wall, extending the culverts, widening and sealing the road, installing guardrails and signs and restoring and re-vegetating the site.
Mr Brearley said RTA modeling suggested the upgrade would improve the rate of motor vehicle incidents on the road.
“RTA data suggests crashes can be reduced by half by providing sealed shoulders adjacent to the travel lanes and that the installation of the guardrails can further improve that figure to 65%.”
“In addition, by excavating the embankment adjacent to the curves, we’ll be improving drivers sight distance around the curves, which should further improve the safety of the road,” he said.
Works will be conducted under traffic, and subsequently, motorists may experience some delays. A 40km/h work site speed limit will be enforceable 24 hours a day seven days a week during the duration of the work.
Road users are advised to exercise care and be aware of heavy machinery within the area and use alternate routes where possible.
In addition to the Council road improvements, Endeavour Energy is also proposing to re-locate and install new concrete power poles along the Mount Broughton Road corridor.
Council will continue to meet with Endeavour Energy to discuss its concerns regarding possible road safety implications should the new poles be installed. In the interim, Endeavour Energy has agreed to postpone the installation of power poles in the vicinity of the roadworks until all Council works are complete.
“We understand that the reconstruction and widening works will cause some disruption and Council apologises for the inevitable inconvenience.