Safety upgrade to busy Springwood intersection

Member for Macquarie Louise Markus and Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage at the intersection of the highway and Macquarie Road in Springwood last Friday, which will benefit from a $640,000 National Black Spot Program safety upgrade.

Member for Macquarie Louise Markus and Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage at the intersection of the highway and Macquarie Road in Springwood last Friday, which will benefit from a $640,000 National Black Spot Program safety upgrade.

Safety will be improved at a dangerous Springwood intersection after the announcement of federal government funding last week.

Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus and State MP Roza Sage announced last Friday that $640,000 will be allocated for the upgrade of the intersection at Macquarie Road and the Great Western Highway.

The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) will deliver the funding during the 2014-15 financial year following community consultation.

Safety measures under consideration include closing the right turn lane on Macquarie Road, installing a concrete median barrier and extending the left turn lane on the highway approaching Macquarie Road.

Mrs Markus said targeted black spot program upgrades are "proven to deliver results".

"The Australian government is currently considering how to broaden the eligibility criteria to ensure local communities have greater access to the $200 million in additional funding for road safety projects.

"We strongly encourage all councils to submit their nominations [for the next round]."

Mrs Sage said "I have been speaking to the RMS about this intersection and passing on feedback from the community about the intersection to the RMS for some time.

"I am pleased the NSW government can work with the federal government to deliver this funding."

Further information and nomination forms about the program can be downloaded from http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx

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