Makeover for deadly highway stretch

THE deadly stretch of Pacific Highway south of Urunga is undergoing a life-saving makeover.

Improvements at the Martells Road intersection, about two kilometres south of the town, are complete and involved a re-shaping of the road, widening of the approach to the intersection, installation of traffic signs and the installation of a one-metre wide median strip.

This $2.2 million project has created a more durable and safer road, says Deputy Premier and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner.

Safety work on the highway at Ballards Road, some 10km north of Nambucca Heads, is now in full swing to the tune of $450,000.

"It will involve improving the road alignment and will see the installation of a skid-resistant road surface and more safety signs," Mr Stoner said.

"Work is scheduled to be completed by October, weather permitting."

The RTA was continuing to improved safety at highway spots identified as having a poor crash history.

"In the five years to December 2009 there were 99 crashes on the Pacific Highway between Nambucca Heads and Urunga which caused seven fatalities and 49 injuries," Mr Stoner said.

In last week's Budget, the Government restated its commitment to upgrade the Pacific highway to dual carriageway by allocating more than $1 billion to the project.

During the latest work, motorists are asked to follow temporary signs and drive with care.

For more details contact the Transport Management Centre on 132 701 or visit http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html.



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