Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking external funding for improving local roads as a spokesperson said its present funding levels are insufficient to continue to provide existing services in the medium-to-long term.
The Safer Roads Program is a key initiative of the NSW Road Safety Strategy, aiming to make state roads safer and reduce crashes on the road network.
Council has applied for funding under this program to focus on improving safety outcomes for the Mount Darragh Road, where four projects involving 16 crashes were identified. Council’s submission for risk reduction measures is valued at $420,000 and includes funding for new guardrail, delineation markers, line marking of intersections and curve advisory signage.
Elsewhere council has made submissions valued at $23.7 million for five projects under the Fixing Country Roads program. The key objective of the program is better connecting local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs.
Council’s five identified projects are:
- Improvements to the Imlay Street/Albert Terrace intersection in Eden and associated improvements to Albert Terrace down to the wharf including the creation of an alternative heavy vehicle route to the Port of Eden.
- The sealing of a 1.6km section of Tantawangalo Mountain Road.
- The sealing of West Kameruka Road.
- The sealing of Doctor George Mountain Road.
- The sealing of Towamba and Burragate Roads.
The outcome of Council’s submissions will be known in the coming months.