Bypass long overdue: MP

Coffs MP Andrew Fraser.
Coffs MP Andrew Fraser.

COFFS HARBOUR MP Andrew Fraser said yesterday’s double fatality at Urunga demonstrated the urgency of Pacific Highway upgrades.

“If the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) had continued with the Urunga to Warrell Creek bypass once the Bonville deviation was completed, it is highly likely today’s fatal accident would not have occurred,” Mr Fraser said.

“At the time the Bonville deviation was completed, all planning and environmental processes had been finalised, which meant the Labor Government could have started the Urunga to Macksville deviation immediately.

“The incompetence of the RTA is adding to the trauma of the highway as there has been a number of fatalities in this area.

“The site of today’s tragic accident is a very dangerous section of the Pacific Highway, despite it being in an 80km/h zone.”

Mr Fraser said his thoughts were with the families of the victims and he applauded the work of the emergency services.

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