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Funding for turning lanes on New England Highway

RESIDENTS and users of Haggartys and Newington Lane have been buoyed by the $600,000 funding for two new right turning lanes along the New England Highway at Whittingham.
Nanjing Night Net

WELCOME FUNDING: Haggartys Lane resident and farmer Robert Ball speaks to Upper Hunter Member of Parliament Michael Johnsen about the issues for those living at Whittingham.

They believe the funding is a long time coming for the troublesome spot that they believe is a dangerous accident waiting to happen.

The turning lanes are being installed due to the traffic volume and high speeds.

Upper Hunter Member for State Parliament Michael Johnsen said the new right turning lanes would be installed within the coming financial year.

“People turning right would be sitting there just hoping they wouldn’t be bumped into at high speed from behind,”Haggartys Lane resident Robert Ball said.

In the long term Mr Ball said that the bypass would be the preferred option for the Whittingham residents and this was a short term solution.

Mr Ball said the small community still had an issue with the Roads and Maritimes’ (RMS) maintenance of the grass on the northern approach to Haggartys Lane.

“The visibility is very poor pulling out of Haggartys Lane, it’s okay if you’re driving a small vehicle but this is a farming community and a lot of farming vehicles like tractors cannot see oncoming traffic because of the overgrown grass,” he said.

“You’re almost on the highway before you can see, and if a car was illegally undertaking someone turning right into Cemetery Lane in the breakdown lane it could be accident waiting to happen.

“They have a duty of care when it comes to this intersection and need to cut the grass right back to the fence which isn’t happening now and landholders are doing the work.”

The residents of Haggartys Lane have been asking the RMS to change the speed limit around the area for safety reasons since 2011.

RMS carried out a study at the end of 2012 and they found while some motorists require access to properties from the highway generating roadside activity, the existing 100 km/h speed limit is appropriate to the road environment.

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