Myall Way intersection improvements in the pipeline

The community has been calling for the installation of warning lights before the Myall Way intersection. Photo: Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Community Noticeboard.

 

TRANSPORT for NSW (TfNSW) have advised that they are currently developing a project for safety improvements at the Myall Way and Pacific Highway intersection.

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The response from TfNSW comes after Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington took concerns about safety at the intersection from the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association to the state body.

In particular, the Progress Association were advocating for the installation of flashing warning lights at the intersection, which has been the site of road traffic accidents in the past.

“We have had one fatality, and there have been a few other accidents,” said Gordon Grainger, Vice President of the Progress Association.

“The big concern for us as a community, was that on that Friday of the recent long weekend, the traffic build up turning right onto Myall Way was actually stopped past the Rock service station.

“You have cars and big trucks coming up the 100km zone, who are travelling closer to 120km, and they will run smack into this traffic.

“It harbours ill will for a bad accident to occur there one day.”

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW, said a project is under consideration in the next rounds of Safer Roads funding.

“Transport for NSW is currently developing a project for safety improvements at the intersection of Myall Way and the Pacific Highway at Tea Gardens for consideration in the 2021/22 round of Safer Roads funding, which is expected to be announced in February 2021.

“The potential installation of flashing warning lights would be investigated as part of this project development,” they said.

Mr Grainger said a solution similar to the warning lights installed at Bucketts Way and Medowie Road intersections would improve safety for commuters.

 

By Doug CONNOR

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