$5.7m upgrade for black spots

TWO of the worst accident zones north of Coffs Harbour will be upgraded in an urgent bid to reduce the region’s road toll.

Road safety works will be carried out at Central Bucca and Blackadder Creek, north of Corindi on the highway.

The Roads and Traffic Authority yesterday announced $5.674 million had been secured to install wire rope safety barriers at the problem sites.

While it won’t mean dual carriage at Blackadder Creek, the measure will aim to reduce the risk of head-on accidents.

The RTA said the works should be completed by June 30, 2011, weather permitting.

“Parts of the Central Bucca and Blackadder Creek areas have been identified as having poor crash history and in response we have identified these sites as a priority for the upgrades,” an RTA spokesperson said.

“While our road toll has been reducing over the past decade, there are still too many people dying on our roads.

“Last year 453 people died on NSW roads.

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

Under the package, more than $140 million has been made available 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.

“We are committed in our efforts to make our roads safer and this early work is the beginning of the delivery of the Road Toll Response Package,” the spokesperson said.



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