Road safety improvements on Ilford Sofala Road and Sofala Road

A major upgrade of Ilford Sofala Road and Sofala Road is well underway with the aim of improving safety for all road users.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the NSW Government provided $2.85 million for this work, which will be carried out on a two kilometre section north of Crossley Bridge and a 1.6 kilometre section south of Hill End Road, after crash clusters were identified. “

In the five years to June 2015 there were four crashes which resulted in injuries within the section north of Crossley Road. In September 2015 there was also a fatal crash. In the five years to June 2013 there were seven crashes, including a fatal crash, within the section south of Hill End Road,” Mr Toole said.

“The work north of Crossley Bridge will involve widening the shoulder, installing guard rails, installing concrete kerb and removing trees for improved motorist sight lines along this section of road. “The work south of Hill End Road will involve installing a concrete barrier, sealing the shoulder, installing of guard rails and installing curve advisory markers.

“These road safety improvements are being carried out to reduce the occurrence and severity of crashes on these sections of Ilford Sofala Road. Mr Toole said work will be carried out by Mid-Western Regional Council on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.

“Changed traffic conditions including road closures will be in place during work for the safety of workers and motorists,” Mr Toole said.

“Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including reduced speed limits.

“Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience during this important safety upgrade work, which is expected to be completed by 30 April this year.”

For the latest traffic information visit livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.

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