NRMA calls for roadworks hurry-up

PLANNED works on the Pacific Highway must be brought forward to ensure more lives aren't lost on the Coffs Coast's busiest road, according to the NRMA.

Local NRMA director Wendy Machin said due to the lack of commencement or completion dates for most projects listed in the 2008 Budget Infrastructure Statement, lives will continue to be lost an at unacceptable rate until the projects are completed.

“Only 40 per cent or 250km is dual carriageway and only 78km is under construction, which is unacceptable for a busy tourist and freight road,” Ms Machin said.

“There have been 17 fatalities already this year on the Pacific Highway and let's hope North Coast communities do not have to endure more before physical improvements are seen.”

Ms Machin said residents have heard enough about inquiries, reports, investigations and surveys regarding road improvements, and deserve action.

NRMA president Alan Evans joined Ms Machin in Coffs Harbour yesterday for a whistlestop tour of the Pacific Highway.

As well as road investigation, the NRMA continues to lobby for safer drivers and safer vehicles.

“I want to find out what North Coast communities want the NRMA to lobby for on their behalf,” Ms Machin said.

“Fluorescent school zone signage and improved older driver testing are just two of the many policies we will highlight during this trip.”



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