Federal government earmarks half a million to fix Maitland black spots

Woodberry Road at Millers Forest and McFarlanes Road at Berry Park have each been identified as significant trouble spots for motorists.More than half a million dollars will be spent making two dangerous roads in the Maitland area safer, as part of the federal government’s Black Spot program.
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Woodberry Road at Millers Forest and McFarlanes Road at Berry Park have each been identified as significant trouble spots for motorists.

A report released ahead of tonight’s Maitland City Council meeting noted that $440,000 would be spent improving Woodberry Road and $149,000 had been earmarked for McFarlanes Road, with work to be finished by the end of next June 2016.

Crash data shows that five crashes, which caused injuries to seven people, occurred on McFarlanes Road between 2008 and 2013.

There were also nine crasheson Woodberry Road during that time.

In one of the most seriousincidents, six people, including four children, were injured in September, 2012, after a van and car were involved in a head-oncollision on Woodberry Road.

Hunter highway patrol cluster supervisor Senior Sergeant Tony Grace said the effectiveness of Black Spot funding depended on what the issues were that were causing crashes on a given road.

But he said the Black Spot funding allocation was based on the same crash data that police used to co-ordinate where to send patrol cars on a regular basis.

“It can only be a good thing,” Senior Sergeant Grace said.

“It shows that the council has recognised that there are issues with those roads and are doing something about it.

“That will always be welcomed by NSW Police.”

The federal grant will be enough to pay for all of the road work, so council will not have to chip in any money.

The road shoulder will be widened, road pavers will be realigned, roadside hazards will be removed and extra warning signs will be set up on curves at Woodberry Road, between Turners Road and Raymond Terrace Road, as part of the work.

Similar work will take place at McFarlanes Road.

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