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Road safety improvements planned for Coolangatta and Bawley Point

Shoalhaven City Council accepted two funding grants totalling $1.43 million from the Roads and Traffic Authority at last night’s Council meeting.

The grant funds are approved under a new “Road Toll Response” program recently announced by the NSW State Government.

The grant funding is to be allocated towards safety improvements on both Coolangatta Road, Coolangatta and Bawley Point Road, Bawley Point.

The planned works include the removal of road side hazards, the widening and sealing of shoulders, installation of guardrails as well as the provision of sign posting and delineation improvements on both roads.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green welcomed the funding saying the grant would enable Council to continue in the implementation of capital projects as per the objectives in the Community Strategic Plan.

“This funding is extremely welcome as it will ensure vital safety measures are able to be made to local roads,” said Clr Green.

“Both the Coolangatta Road and Bawley Point Road projects qualified for this funding as a direct response to emerging crash history in the area.

“These works will result in much safer driving conditions and hopefully provide a direct reduction in both the number and severity of crashes on these roads.”

Council had previously allocated $500,000 towards the Coolangatta Road safety improvements. This will combine with the $1.1 million allocated towards the project from the Road Toll Response Program, in the section between Swamp Road and Agars Lane.

The other $330,000 is allocated towards the Bawley Point Road safety improvements and will cover the entire project costs.

The RTA will need to approve designs before work can commence however works on both projects are required to be completed by 30 May 2012.

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