Interim safety devices on Highway

THEY did it at Pine Creek and they can do it again south of Urunga.

Interim safety devices on the Pacific Highway ahead of the Bonville bypass construction were a hit with locals five years ago and would again be a vote-winner and lifesaver if those same measures went in at Hungry Head.

After fierce campaigning by The Advocate, the State and Federal governments announced in November 2005, a $5 million project to install a median barrier at Pine Creek and widen the road shoulder.

The Advocate yesterday asked the RTA how much it would cost and how long it would take to install wire lane barriers, a lower speed limit and a speed camera on the highway between Martells Road and Hungry Head Road.

A spokesperson said a safety review of the Pacific Highway south of Urunga was under way.

“A speed zone review is also being carried out from Urunga to Nambucca Heads. This includes the current 80km/h section of highway from Urunga to south of the Hungry Head turnoff and the 100km/h section to Nambucca Heads.

“As part of the review, the RTA will look at the types of crashes that are taking place and possible road safety improvements.”

“There are five speed cameras in place on the Pacific Highway between Macksville and Urunga.

“As part of a safety package jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, a range of safety projects on unduplicated sections of the highway were completed. These included shoulder widening and road surface improvements south of Hungry Head at Dalhousie Creek and between Burkes Lane and Ballards Road.”

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