Motorcycle Black Spot Lemming Corner Made Safe

Cessnock City Council held the official opening of ‘Lemming Corner’ on the Great North Road, Laguna following safety upgrades on the dangerous section of road after receiving funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme.

 Cessnock City Council held the official opening of ‘Lemming Corner’ on the Great North Road, Laguna following safety upgrades on the dangerous section of road after receiving funding under the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said the $835,000 funding was incredibly important as the corner has a significant motorcycle crash history.

“Thousands of motorcyclists safely negotiate the Mount White to Putty Road recreational loop via Wollombi every year but sadly some riders don’t make the journey unscathed”.

“The two descending, tightening radius corners have proven to be a significant challenge for experienced and novice riders”.

“Despite the instalment of specific warning signage, the implementation of a reduced speed limit and dedicated hours of targeted police enforcement riders continued to crash”, Mayor Pynsent said.

In 2015 Cessnock City Council was successful in their application for funding under the Black Spot Programme and worked collaboratively with the Roads and Maritime Services and the Motorcycle Council of NSW to deliver the safety upgrade.

Motorcycle Council of NSW Secretary Brian Wood welcomed the upgrades.

“In 2004 it was named Lemming Corner to raise awareness about the problem spot in the motorcycling community. These upgrades will no doubt save lives”, said Mr Wood.

The road upgrade works included the removal of hazards from clear zone, realignment of two tight radius curves, widening of the carriageway and shoulder, road resurfacing, line marking and the installation of a motorcycle friendly guardrail.

This investment in a safer Lemming corner is a small price to pay for the anticipated road safety benefits.

 16 December 2016