The federal government has announced half a million dollars worth of funding to make a a dangerous stretch of road in Wamberal safer, following a fatal accident there last year.
Willoughby road will receive new sealing, rumble strips and line marking, thanks to $500,000 provided under the NSW Government’s Safer Roads program.
The area to be improved includes the dip, where 17 year old Lisarow High student Jackson Williams was killed in July last year when the car he was travelling in slammed into a power pole.
Today's announcement, scheduled for 9am, follows a petition calling for safety works prompted by Jackson's death, the generated more than 5000 signatures and was ultimately presented to Federal Parliament.
Mrs Wicks said the funding breakthrough was the first step in making Willoughby Road safer.
Thanks to the hard work of local resident Lindy Hewett, alongside state MP Adam Crouch, we were able to present a petition to Federal Parliament and secure NSW funding for this important road.”
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the upgrades will include sealing the section of road from Windsor Road to Florida Road, including the ‘dip’.
“We are also installing an audio tactile line marking as well as raised reflective pavement markers, rumble strips along the edge line, a new ‘stop’ sign and traffic calming on the approach to dips,” Mr Crouch said.
“This important road safety infrastructure investment is an example of both state and federal governments working together to protect the future of our communities.
“This financial year the NSW Community Road Safety Fund is estimated to save the equivalent of 419 deaths and serious injuries over the life of the projects.”
In collaboration with Central Coast Council, all work except for traffic calming is set to be completed this financial year (2017/18). Traffic calming is expected to be completed by the end of next year, with the total investment $505,000.