Council voted to approach Transport NSW to attempt to have a passing lane installed at the intersection of Goolma Road and Lower Piambong Road, the motion was brought by Cr Percy Thompson who said the location is "the most dangerous part of the whole road".
It was noted in agenda for the November meeting that "Goolma Road is a State Highway therefore Transport NSW has full responsibility for this road". But also that "staff have raised safety concerns regarding the intersection".
Furthermore, work is underway on a 2.5m wide sealed shoulder at the location and the sealing of a short section of Lower Piambong Road at the throat of the intersection.
However, Cr Thompson said a passing lane should also be added, due to the proximity of the nearby bend that doesn't afford enough visibility if a stopped vehicle is waiting for oncoming traffic to pass to turn right onto Lower Piambong Road.
"This is a dangerous place on the Goolma Road," he said.
"And I often count the cars along there, just the other day between Guntawang and the Mebul turn-off there were 59 cars. So there's a hell of a lot of traffic on that road going either way.
"And if someone is going to turn [right] onto Piambong Road, coming from Goolma, if there's traffic coming the other way they've got to stop. There's a very bad bend - and there are a lot of people who do well over 100km/h - if a truck comes around there when someone's waiting to turn, someone's going to get killed there.
"It's the most dangerous part of the whole road."
The motion passed with Councillors voting unanimously.
Including Cr Peter Shelley, who said pushing for a safer local road network is a large but necessary task.
"I think we're pushing the proverbial uphill if Cr Thompson's motion gets passed, but anything we can do to make our roads safer is a good thing," he said.
"But we have plenty of roads in our shire and plenty need upgrades, especially on the RMS controlled roads. So I see no problem at all with sending the request for part of our road network."
The Goolma Road received funding in the first round of the New South Wales Government's Fixing Local Roads program, with applications for round two opening in early November until Friday, December 4, 2020.
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