Grant funded road safety projects

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

Tweed Shire Council regularly seeks community comment on plans to improve road safety in the shire.

These projects have been funded under the Australian Government Black Spot Program and construction are due to be completed before 1 July 2021.

All feedback will be assessed by Council officers and if the comments are considered sufficient to warrant a change in the relevant concept design, that work will be undertaken before construction starts.


Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads black spot project

Council has received Federal Black Spot funding to reduce the number of crashes on Kennedy Drive between Norman Street and McDonald Street in Tweed Heads.

There have been 11 crashes in the section over the last five years where 11 people have been injured, including three pedestrians.

External consultants were engaged to review the current situation at the two locations being the Norman Street/Kennedy Drive/Boat Ramp intersection and near McDonald Street near the takeaway seafood shop and café. The review included the installation of traffic cameras for over a week, on-site observations, crash reviews and traffic modelling of treatments.

Comments on the road safety upgrade has now closed. While we will consider all submissions, our first priority is the safety of all Kennedy Drive road users. The intersection redesign has been extensively reviewed by safety and traffic experts and also considers traffic flow on one of the Tweed’s busiest arterial road.

The community was asked to review the following information before providing comments on the road safety upgrade:

Proposed changes to pedestrian and vehicle traffic:

  • Kennedy Drive – pedestrian fencing, wider centre pedestrian refuge and parking lane
    The main issue at McDonald Street is pedestrians crossing the road or leaving their car to access the cafés. The proposed design improves pedestrian safety by funnelling them with fencing to the safe crossing point. A wider centre median will allow more people to cross Kennedy Drive safely and the parking lane on the river-side will be wider, making it safer to get out of your car.
  • Kennedy Drive/Norman Street intersection – no right turn from Norman Street and a dedicated right-turn lane into Norman Street
    At the Kennedy Drive/Norman Street intersection right turns will be prohibited out of Norman Street. This will be a big change for residents however, it was found that there were no safe gaps to turn right for several hours a day and motorists were very regularly taking unsafe gaps and causing near misses and crashes. A dedicated right turn lane into Norman Street should reduce the rear-end crashes currently caused by motorists turning right into Norman Street, blocking the through traffic lane on Kennedy Drive.
  • Boat ramp – left-in left-out only
    The boat ramp will be left-in left-out only. It was also found that there were no safe gaps for motorists to turn right out of the boat ramp during peak times. The right turn into the boat ramp blocked sight distance for cars turning right from Kennedy Drive into Norman Street. Likewise, cars turning right into Norman Street blocked vision to approaching traffic for motorists turning right into the boat ramp. The proposed option has significant implications for users of the boat ramp. The left-in left-out configuration will cause lengthy re-routing if a boat trailer parking space is not available in the car park. Boaters are encouraged to plan their trip and consider other boat ramps that provide more parking and will be more convenient under the new arrangements. View the list of alternate boat ramps.

A SWOT analysis of the options was undertaken. Option 5 has been endorsed by the Local Traffic Committee.

There was no perfect option that maintained the current level of access, traffic flow and parking while addressing the safety issues. The option selected provided the greatest safety benefits, while maintaining acceptable traffic flow on Kennedy Drive.

A compliant roundabout could not be installed within the available space. Installing a roundabout that is too small increases crash risk because motorists can navigate the roundabout too quickly and queue lengths would cause delays on Kennedy Drive and interfere with other intersections. Traffic signals were found to fail even with current traffic volumes, due to high delays and queues on Kennedy Drive.


Tweed Valley Way at Riverside Drive intersection (north), Tumbulgum – $614,000

Construction to improve road safety at this intersection is scheduled to start in early December 2020. Prior to that, the culvert widening needed to allow the road to be widened will start in late October 2020.

Council's engineers have considered a number of alternative designs, with this being the preferred concept based on the safety benefits while maintaining capacity for high volumes of through traffic, the land available and project cost.

This Black Spot project will deliver:

  • culvert and road-widening of Tweed Valley Way to allow a longer deceleration lane to turn left into Riverside Drive
  • greater separation of the left-turn lane into Riverside Drive from the through-lanes on Tweed Valley Way to improve sight distances
  • a realignment of Riverside Drive to allow a straighter approach for traffic turning right on to Tweed Valley Way
  • an improved acceleration lane on Tweed Valley Way for traffic turning left from Riverside Drive
  • closure of the Tweed Valley Way access to the Farmer's Markets by the installation of guardrail (access to market and rest area will be by Riverside Drive only)
  • vegetation removal at the intersection to allow road widening
  • extra trees to be planted along the Tweed River behind the Farmer’s Market

A number of works have occurred on this section of Tweed Valley Way in recent years to improve safety for all road users including the construction of a wire rope centre median and the reduction of the speed limit from 100k/h to 80k/h.

Community feedback was sought with the forum concluding on Friday 30 October 2020.


Other black spot projects 2020-2021

New South Wales Government logoEvery year, Council applies for grant funds under The Federal Government Black Spot Programme based on a review of Tweed Shire crash data and feedback from the community.

This annual road safety grant programs is designed to improve safety on roads that have a higher crash risk and history of crashes that result in more severe injuries.

Under the 2020-2021 program, the following projects also have been funded:

Tweed Valley Way between Stokers Road and Wooyung Road – $2.55 million

Various upgrades including skid-resistant pavement reseals, additional guardrail with motorcycle protection, improvements for cyclists (Burringbar), vehicle-activated signs, sealing shoulders, audible centrelines/edgelines and improved line markings.

Numinbah Road – full length – $2 million (to June 2022)

Route-length upgrades including motorcycle protection on existing guardrail, new guardrail through high-risk curves, sealed shoulders on high-risk curves, vehicle-activated signs and improved line markings, signs, guideposts and reflectors. The initial $1 million upgrades to Numinbah Road will be delivered by June 2021 and the remainder by June 2022.

Clothiers Creek Road from Pacific Highway to Bogangar – $176,000

Safety improvements including the installation of four vehicle-activated safety signs as well as audio-tactile centrelines and edgelines.


NSW Safer Roads Program projects

Council has secured $936,000 funding under this state program to improve safety on the following roads.

Limpinwood and Zara roads – full length – $796,000

A route-length review and treatment of identified risks to improve safety for road users, particularly motorcyclists.

Kyogle Road, near Glenoak Road – $140,000

Reduce the length of an overtaking lane and install guardrail.

Tweed Shire Council regularly seeks community comment on plans to improve road safety in the shire.

These projects have been funded under the Australian Government Black Spot Program and construction are due to be completed before 1 July 2021.

All feedback will be assessed by Council officers and if the comments are considered sufficient to warrant a change in the relevant concept design, that work will be undertaken before construction starts.


Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads black spot project

Council has received Federal Black Spot funding to reduce the number of crashes on Kennedy Drive between Norman Street and McDonald Street in Tweed Heads.

There have been 11 crashes in the section over the last five years where 11 people have been injured, including three pedestrians.

External consultants were engaged to review the current situation at the two locations being the Norman Street/Kennedy Drive/Boat Ramp intersection and near McDonald Street near the takeaway seafood shop and café. The review included the installation of traffic cameras for over a week, on-site observations, crash reviews and traffic modelling of treatments.

Comments on the road safety upgrade has now closed. While we will consider all submissions, our first priority is the safety of all Kennedy Drive road users. The intersection redesign has been extensively reviewed by safety and traffic experts and also considers traffic flow on one of the Tweed’s busiest arterial road.

The community was asked to review the following information before providing comments on the road safety upgrade:

Proposed changes to pedestrian and vehicle traffic:

  • Kennedy Drive – pedestrian fencing, wider centre pedestrian refuge and parking lane
    The main issue at McDonald Street is pedestrians crossing the road or leaving their car to access the cafés. The proposed design improves pedestrian safety by funnelling them with fencing to the safe crossing point. A wider centre median will allow more people to cross Kennedy Drive safely and the parking lane on the river-side will be wider, making it safer to get out of your car.
  • Kennedy Drive/Norman Street intersection – no right turn from Norman Street and a dedicated right-turn lane into Norman Street
    At the Kennedy Drive/Norman Street intersection right turns will be prohibited out of Norman Street. This will be a big change for residents however, it was found that there were no safe gaps to turn right for several hours a day and motorists were very regularly taking unsafe gaps and causing near misses and crashes. A dedicated right turn lane into Norman Street should reduce the rear-end crashes currently caused by motorists turning right into Norman Street, blocking the through traffic lane on Kennedy Drive.
  • Boat ramp – left-in left-out only
    The boat ramp will be left-in left-out only. It was also found that there were no safe gaps for motorists to turn right out of the boat ramp during peak times. The right turn into the boat ramp blocked sight distance for cars turning right from Kennedy Drive into Norman Street. Likewise, cars turning right into Norman Street blocked vision to approaching traffic for motorists turning right into the boat ramp. The proposed option has significant implications for users of the boat ramp. The left-in left-out configuration will cause lengthy re-routing if a boat trailer parking space is not available in the car park. Boaters are encouraged to plan their trip and consider other boat ramps that provide more parking and will be more convenient under the new arrangements. View the list of alternate boat ramps.

A SWOT analysis of the options was undertaken. Option 5 has been endorsed by the Local Traffic Committee.

There was no perfect option that maintained the current level of access, traffic flow and parking while addressing the safety issues. The option selected provided the greatest safety benefits, while maintaining acceptable traffic flow on Kennedy Drive.

A compliant roundabout could not be installed within the available space. Installing a roundabout that is too small increases crash risk because motorists can navigate the roundabout too quickly and queue lengths would cause delays on Kennedy Drive and interfere with other intersections. Traffic signals were found to fail even with current traffic volumes, due to high delays and queues on Kennedy Drive.


Tweed Valley Way at Riverside Drive intersection (north), Tumbulgum – $614,000

Construction to improve road safety at this intersection is scheduled to start in early December 2020. Prior to that, the culvert widening needed to allow the road to be widened will start in late October 2020.

Council's engineers have considered a number of alternative designs, with this being the preferred concept based on the safety benefits while maintaining capacity for high volumes of through traffic, the land available and project cost.

This Black Spot project will deliver:

  • culvert and road-widening of Tweed Valley Way to allow a longer deceleration lane to turn left into Riverside Drive
  • greater separation of the left-turn lane into Riverside Drive from the through-lanes on Tweed Valley Way to improve sight distances
  • a realignment of Riverside Drive to allow a straighter approach for traffic turning right on to Tweed Valley Way
  • an improved acceleration lane on Tweed Valley Way for traffic turning left from Riverside Drive
  • closure of the Tweed Valley Way access to the Farmer's Markets by the installation of guardrail (access to market and rest area will be by Riverside Drive only)
  • vegetation removal at the intersection to allow road widening
  • extra trees to be planted along the Tweed River behind the Farmer’s Market

A number of works have occurred on this section of Tweed Valley Way in recent years to improve safety for all road users including the construction of a wire rope centre median and the reduction of the speed limit from 100k/h to 80k/h.

Community feedback was sought with the forum concluding on Friday 30 October 2020.


Other black spot projects 2020-2021

New South Wales Government logoEvery year, Council applies for grant funds under The Federal Government Black Spot Programme based on a review of Tweed Shire crash data and feedback from the community.

This annual road safety grant programs is designed to improve safety on roads that have a higher crash risk and history of crashes that result in more severe injuries.

Under the 2020-2021 program, the following projects also have been funded:

Tweed Valley Way between Stokers Road and Wooyung Road – $2.55 million

Various upgrades including skid-resistant pavement reseals, additional guardrail with motorcycle protection, improvements for cyclists (Burringbar), vehicle-activated signs, sealing shoulders, audible centrelines/edgelines and improved line markings.

Numinbah Road – full length – $2 million (to June 2022)

Route-length upgrades including motorcycle protection on existing guardrail, new guardrail through high-risk curves, sealed shoulders on high-risk curves, vehicle-activated signs and improved line markings, signs, guideposts and reflectors. The initial $1 million upgrades to Numinbah Road will be delivered by June 2021 and the remainder by June 2022.

Clothiers Creek Road from Pacific Highway to Bogangar – $176,000

Safety improvements including the installation of four vehicle-activated safety signs as well as audio-tactile centrelines and edgelines.


NSW Safer Roads Program projects

Council has secured $936,000 funding under this state program to improve safety on the following roads.

Limpinwood and Zara roads – full length – $796,000

A route-length review and treatment of identified risks to improve safety for road users, particularly motorcyclists.

Kyogle Road, near Glenoak Road – $140,000

Reduce the length of an overtaking lane and install guardrail.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Comments on the road safety upgrade has now closed. While we will consider all submissions, our first priority is the safety of all Kennedy Drive road users. The intersection redesign has been extensively reviewed by safety and traffic experts and also considers traffic flow on one of the Tweed’s busiest arterial road.

    Make a comment
    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link