AFTER years of lobbying and campaigning for greater safety at a troublesome intersection in the shire, action has finally been taken.
Earlier this year, Leeton Shire Council mayor Paul Maytom spoke to The Irrigator, saying the Back Yanco Road and Research Road intersection was a "death trap".
He was backed up by evidence with the intersection the location of a fatal accident around a decade ago when three people died.
Since then there has been a number of serious accidents, as well as many more near misses.
The intersection has several issues that can impede on a driver's ability to determine a course of action at that location.
Back Yanco Road has a speed of 80 km/h and on approach on Research Road from the west it is 100km/h.
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There's also a railway line and a power pole on the west side that can confuse drivers, with two stop signs already in play.
However, council has now received funding and installed new vehicle activated signage on Research Road approaching the Back Yanco Road intersection.
The funding, received from NSW government's Safer Roads Program, has meant this signage can be erected on both approaches to the intersection on Research Road.
Council's road safety officer Steph Puntoriero said the installation of these lights aimed to visually alert drivers as they approach the upcoming intersection to slow down and give-way.
Following a recommendation made to council by the Local Area Traffic Committee, the stop signs at Research Road and the intersection with back Yanco Road are also being replaced with give-way signage.
"Quite simply, the tragedy of what happened here when three people were killed, was a terrible event," Cr Maytom said.
"I came out here that next morning and your heart just sinks.
"I know accidents do happen, but as I've said all the way along, we needed to do something to warn motorists and avoid any confusion."
Cr Maytom was hopeful the activation of the signage on approach to the intersection would be a trigger for motorists to slow down and go on with caution.
"There's a risk everywhere we go when behind the wheel, but this here I believe warranted us pushing for something better in place," he said.
"These types of warning lights, when they activate, they are signalling the risk.
"That's what we have to be aware of as motorists.
"Otherwise people might be complacent, so I think this will definitely help."
Anyone with questions about the new signage should contact council for more information.
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