Over $300,000 for Vital Road Safety Upgrade at St Ives

Friday, 25 May 2018

A dangerous intersection in St Ives will be upgraded as part of the $70.9 million investment in the NSW Government’s Safer Roads Program, which will help drive the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads Towards Zero.

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, today announced $307,000 of capital funding for safety improvements at the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Douglas Street, St Ives.

“Sadly, 12 people were taken to hospital after being involved in an accident at the intersection of Mona Vale Road and Douglas Street from July 2011 to June 2016. We are investing in our community’s safety by improving this intersection with much needed traffic signalling upgrades.”

The safety improvements involve installing a raised median and no right turn signs. This will directly address the issue of opposing vehicles turning into the intersection, the cause of 68.4% of crashes at this site from July 2011 to June 2016.

“In the 5 year period between 2012 and 2016, we have seen 248 people either killed or seriously injured on roads within the Davidson electorate, costing our community an estimated $114 million. This is a terrible statistic for our residents, and I want to see it reduce Towards Zero,” said Mr O’Dea.

“The NSW Government has invested over $282 million in road safety in the current financial year, and this $70.9 million from the Safer Roads Program will deliver more important safety upgrades in 2018-19 for many of NSW’s dangerous roads,” Mr O’Dea said.

The Liberals and Nationals established the Safer Roads Program in 2014, and to date have invested $193.6 million and delivered 490 road safety upgrades. The 180 projects for this financial year are estimated to save the equivalent of 425 deaths and serious injuries over the life of the program. Safer Roads projects are funded from the Community Road Safety Fund, which receives all revenue from speed and red-light cameras in NSW.