Shoalhaven News

New wire rope safety barrier for Princes Highway at Bendalong following Falkholt tragedy

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A notorious stretch of the Princes Highway at Bendalong will soon be much safer with the State Government investing $350,000 to install a wire rope safety barrier.

It comes following a fatal crash on Boxing Day last year that claimed the lives of the Falkholt family.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock says in the five years to December 2016, there were two crashes on this stretch of highway resulting in four people being injured, including three seriously.

“One serious injury crash was determined to have involved excessive speed with a single vehicle leaving the road on a curve and one involved a left turning vehicle at the intersection of Bendalong Road,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Work will involve widening the median along this stretch of the Princes Highway as well as installing wire rope safety barrier and audio-tactile line marking to improve safety for all road users", she said.

“Crews will also work hard to make changes to the southbound overtaking lane including installing audio-tactile markings and painting the median between Luncheon Creek Road and the overtaking lane".

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