Grant funded road safety projects

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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.

Thank you for your feedback. The preferred treatments next to Scales Seafood and at the Norman Street intersection were completed in July 2021. Please refer to the final design concept.

We understand that many were hoping for a roundabout or traffic lights at the Norman Street intersection. These options were extensively reviewed. It was found that traffic lights would cause unreasonable delays on Kennedy Drive and that a suitable roundabout could not be installed within the road reserve space. When small roundabouts are installed, motorists can navigate the roundabout too quickly, most likely resulting in increased crashes. Given the high traffic volumes on Kennedy Drive, this risk is too significant.

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.


Tweed Valley Way and Riverside Drive intersection (north), Tumbulgum – $973,000

Thank you for your feedback. Construction to improve road safety at this intersection started at the end of April 2021 following several delays due to wet weather. Works are expected to be completed by July 2021.

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.

Thank you for your feedback. The preferred treatments next to Scales Seafood and at the Norman Street intersection were completed in July 2021. Please refer to the final design concept.

We understand that many were hoping for a roundabout or traffic lights at the Norman Street intersection. These options were extensively reviewed. It was found that traffic lights would cause unreasonable delays on Kennedy Drive and that a suitable roundabout could not be installed within the road reserve space. When small roundabouts are installed, motorists can navigate the roundabout too quickly, most likely resulting in increased crashes. Given the high traffic volumes on Kennedy Drive, this risk is too significant.

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.


Tweed Valley Way and Riverside Drive intersection (north), Tumbulgum – $973,000

Thank you for your feedback. Construction to improve road safety at this intersection started at the end of April 2021 following several delays due to wet weather. Works are expected to be completed by July 2021.

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.

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