Nearly $2 million has been set aside for improving the community's safety at one of the city's most dangerous intersections.
A well known hot spot for collisions and daily near misses, local residents have been crying out for safety provisions at the intersection of Raymond Terrace Road and Government Road for years.
Late last week, the NSW Government announced a further $500,000 in funding for improvements at the dangerous junction.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were some of the measures that would help keep motorists safe.
The funding injection comes on top of $1.4 million put aside for the troublesome intersection in the state government's 2019/20 budget.
"We know living in regional NSW often means a lot more time spent on our roads - and this program is about helping make those roads as safe as possible," Ms Cusack said.
"Every life matters, and that's why we're investing in life-saving measures across our road network to see that every motorist who sets off on a journey makes it home to their family and friends."
In addition to the planning for the intersection which is currently underway by council, this additional funding will go in to road safety features including improved street lighting, rumble strips and wire barriers.
With the number of motorists outlining the road on the rise, there has been substantial pressure from the community and politicians for the state government to step in and fund traffic safety infrastructure at the intersection.
Planning is currently in its final stages for the new intersection with construction expected to commence in the 2020/21 financial year.
The NSW Government also announced $70,000 for Raymond Terrace Road to install a stop sign and splitter islands, on top of the $500,000.
Maitland's Woodberry Road also received $144,639 towards widening shoulders and installing guideposts and reflective pavement markers in the state-wide funding announcement late last week.
The new funding is made available through round three of the NSW Government Safer Roads Program which will see nearly $12 million invested into 11 projects throughout the Hunter.
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