A 1.6km section of Coramba Rd will be widened after funding was received under the Federal Black Spot program.
A 1.6km section of Coramba Rd will be widened after funding was received under the Federal Black Spot program. Rob Wright

Black spot gets an upgrade

ONE of Coffs Harbour's accident black spots, west of the city on Coramba Rd, will be corrected through a $402,000 Federal Black Spot grant.

The upgrade, announced by Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker this afternoon, will see a 1.6km section of Coramba Rd, starting at Bennetts Rd, widened.

"The schedule of works will see the vertical alignment improved, the shoulder of the road widened and guard rails installed," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Curve alignment markers and advisory signs will also be installed."

Mr Hartsuyker inspected the black spot site accompanied by Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor, Cr Denise Knight this afternoon.

"This section was identified by council as having a high number of single-vehicle crashes, particularly on the bends," he said.

"Black Spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads are safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

"A recent evaluation of the program found that fatal and casualty crashes are reduced at treated sites by 30%, equalling one life per year for every 84 projects.

"This program delivers genuine results by saving lives and returning around $7.70 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of road crashes."



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