$10m for deadly highway stretch

THE RTA has announced a $10 million package of interim safety measures for the deadly stretch of the Pacific Highway between Nambucca and Urunga.

The measures planned will include intersection improvements, the installation of rope central barriers and upgraded warning and information signs and are a result of a recent speed zone and safety review.

Speed limit changes will apply to the stretch of highway south of the Hungry Head intersection where the speed will be reduced from 100 km/h to 90 km/h and north of the intersection with the 80 km/h zone being replaced with a 70 km/h zone.

The temporary 60 km/h zone at the intersection will become a 70 km/h zone.

Other safety measures scheduled for immediate installation are:

  • the removal of the two short overtaking lanes north of the Valla Beach intersection and installation of a painted central median strip;
  • the installation of overhead speed limit signs;
  • the improvement and upgrade of warning signs; and
  • the clearing of vegetation to improve sight at all intersections.

Planned safety work south of Urunga at the intersection of Martells Road and the Pacific Highway is also due to begin this month.

The work will involve improving the road realignment, widening of road shoulders, the installation of traffic signs and a one-metre median strip.

An RTA spokeswoman said this $3 million Martells Road project was part of the joint government funding for the highway upgrade announced in 2009.

She said while most of the entire funding package would be used to create a dual carriageway Pacific Highway, there was still a need to address safety issues on sections of the existing two-lane highway.

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