Improvements at this black spot north of Coffs are overdue.
Improvements at this black spot north of Coffs are overdue.

Govt funds more work on highway

WHILE the Hungry Head danger zone remains a work in progress for the State Government, Roads Minister David Borger has announced safety work on the Pacific Highway at Blackadder is due to begin next month.

Mr Borger said the government was investing $7 million in works which would involve improving curves in the road and raising the highway to reduce traffic disruptions caused by localised flooding.

“The works will also include the installation of a central wire rope, between Blackadder Creek Bridge and Blackadder Road.

“These ropes have been shown to reduce the risk of head-on crashes,” Mr Borger said.

“These efforts are the consequence of extensive examination of the highway in this area and will make an enormous difference to safety.

“The safety work is part of the NSW Government’s $170 million, five-year Road Toll Response Package announced in March 2010.

“As part of the package, the NSW Government is providing more than $140 million statewide for road safety upgrades – including highway and local government road reviews, the installation of rumble strips, wire rope barriers and the widening of road shoulders in high crash areas.”

Mr Borger said the RTA would erect temporary signs asking motorists to drive with extra care, while the works are under way.

“There is a significant amount of work to be done and we thank

motorists for their patience during the length of the upgrade, which is expected to take about nine months, weather permitting,” he said.

For more information contact the RTA’s Transport Management Centre on 132 701.



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