Funding to improve Pacific Highway

FRUSTRATED motorists will be heartened by the budget contribution made toward addressing the deplorable state of northern sections of the Pacific Highway.

A total of $155million has been earmarked for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade with $810million to be spent on the Pacific Highway in the next financial year.

The news that most of that money will be spent north of Hexham and up to the Queensland border comes as a relief to the hundreds of thousands of drivers that traverse the highway every year.

“Motorists will welcome the increased funding which is $147million more than last year,” said NRMA Motoring and Service President Wendy Machin.

“While the increased funding is welcome, the NRMA will continue to fight to ensure that the federal and NSW Governments meet their 2016 deadline for completion of full duplication of the highway.”

The Coffs Harbour Bypass received $5000 for planning and a further $20,000 was announced for planning the Warrell Creek to Urunga upgrade. Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said he was extremely disappointed at the budget delivered by Treasurer Eric Roozendaal.

“Highway funding of approximately $180 million identified in the budget largely comes from the Federal Government with only $10 million allocated for planning the Woolgoolga to Ballina section,” he said.

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