Extra barriers designed to save lives

MOTORISTS travelling over Cambewarra Mountain can expect short delays until the end of June as an extra safety barrier system is installed.

MOUNTAIN WORK: RMS crews prepare to install the additional safety barrier system on Cambewarra Mountain

MOUNTAIN WORK: RMS crews prepare to install the additional safety barrier system on Cambewarra Mountain

Roads and Maritime Services and the Centre for Road Safety are carrying out a $700,000 trial of the safety barrier system, designed to reduce the severity of motorcycle crashes. 

A RMS spokesperson said the extra rail was being installed low to the ground, beneath the existing rail and is designed to stop motorcyclists who fall off their bikes from sliding into a crash barrier’s steel posts.

“Motorcycle injuries involving roadside barriers are typically caused by direct impact with the supporting posts,” the spokesperson said.

More than two kilometres of additional safety rail is being retrofitted to the existing barriers on Moss Vale Road. 

The spokesperson said installation of the railings is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

One lane of the road is closed during work where the safety rails are being installed and portable traffic signals are being used to control traffic, meaning short delays for motorists.

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