Dangerous Parkes intersection to be made safer after funding announcement

A Parkes intersection described by Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack as "one of the most notorious intersections" in the town is set to receive a $102,000 makeover.

Mr McCormack was backed up by Parkes deputy mayor Barbara Newton who described the intersection of Clarinda and Currajong Streets as "notorious".

"We have large heavy vehicles coming down here, especially at harvest and this will make it so much safer," Cr Newton said.

"Our pedestrians will be so much safer. It enhances and makes it so much easier for everyone," she said.

Council, she said, had been requesting funding for the intersection for the past 12 months.

"We're really delighted it has come through and we can get started as soon as possible and get it safe for the community.

"It will be much easier to walk on and to negotiate in traffic.

"This is (an intersection) which has been a point of contention for a long time and has come at a very good time for us as we look to upgrade our main street," Cr Newton said.

Mr McCormack described the funding for improved regional roads as a commitment. 

"I want to see even more of these projects, I want to see more money flowing to towns such Parkes and Forbes and the entire central west," Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack said the funding would go towards installing a pedestrian refuge, moving stop or give way lines forward and improving street lighting and line markings.

“This intersection has long been the site of accidents and near misses and now it will be much safer to navigate.

"It is essential and timely that we fix it," Mr McCormack said.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities, but particularly the families and friends of the victims.”

Mr McCormack said the Parkes community’s input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

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