Upgrades to one of NSW’s deadliest stretches of roads could stop the number of car accidents from spiralling out of control, which it has been for at least the last six years.
Major work will began shortly on a section of the Kings Highway which connects the NSW south coast with the ACT. The $1.8 million upgrade will see an overtaking lane constructed east of the Shoalhaven River.
This section of the highway currently does not have a dedicated overtaking opportunity for around 20 kilometres and has been the site of a number of crashes in recent years.
In fact, there has been 62 crashes in the area since 2007, Member for Monaro John Barilaro said.
The member said this project was part of a collaboration between the state and federal governments which conducted the Kings Highway Route Safety Review.
It identified a number of safety concerns in the area that were contributing to car accidents and whiplash injuries.
Mr Barilaro said the government had listened to the concerns of local communities and businesses and is committed to delivering safer roads in the southern part of the state.
Other work currently underway on the Kings Highway includes widening a 1.6 kilometre stretch of road east of the Goulburn Road intersection. This will provide an overtaking lane westbound and is planned for completion by the end of June.
There will also be improvements to road pavements and marking in Braidwood set to start this month and further upgrades to shoulders and guardrails near Misty Mountain Road starting in July.
According to the NRMA, casualty crash rates are 85 per cent highly on the highway and road fatalities are 8 per cent higher. More than 850 crashes were recorded over a 10 year period in this area – that equals one every four days.
In one recent example from January, there was a two-car collision in between Bungendore and Braidwood where one of the cars crossed the centre line causing one car to go into a ditch.
One woman was transported to Canberra Hospital in shock while another seven just managed to escape injury.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident in NSW and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.