Staged safety improvements with interim measures
We understand the challenges and frustrations that residents and other road users face every day on State Highway 58 (SH58). Over the past year we made a good start on improving the highway’s safety with the speed limit lowered from 100km/h to 80km/h. Also in 2015 we straightened some of the high-risk curves west of Mt Cecil Rd, and installed a median barrier.
We appreciate your patience as the full programme of safety improvements on SH58 gets underway.The work is being implemented in two stages.
The first stage of construction work from Hayward’s Interchange through to Mt Cecil Rd is funded and expected to get underway within the next few months once a construction contract is awarded. It involves widening the road to include an uphill crawler lane, adding sealed shoulders, installing road barriers and curve corrections. Starting work at the eastern end of SH58 will avoid effects of the Transmission Gully construction activities and manage potential disruption to motorists.
The Stage 2 improvements from Mount Cecil Road to Transmission Gully, include widening the road, adding sealed shoulders, installing roadside and median safety barriers, curve corrections, two new roundabouts and improvements to bridges. Consenting and property acquisition will occur while Stage 1 is being completed and construction on Stage 2 will start after Transmission Gully opens and when funding becomes available.
We are listening to your concerns about delays in constructing the second stage of work and the timing to start after Transmission Gully opens.
Our project team has considered options, including suggestions from residents and road users, for temporary safety measures for the Stage 2 area within available budget. We are developing a plan for interim improvements. Information about these will be published on the project's web page by Friday 23 August.