Worst road in the state! highway is worst in the state

A GOVERNMENT report has proven what many Coffs Coast motorists already know - the Pacific Highway is the worst road in NSW.

The Road and Traffic Authority's (RTA) internal pavement durability survey for 2007 found a quarter of the Pacific Highway was rated by engineers as being in 'poor condition', making the Pacific the longest stretch of low-quality highway out of more than 45 roads in NSW.

That's old news to Bruce Scanlon, president of local action group Woolgoolga Area Residents, who describes the condition of the highway as 'substandard'.

“Even before the recent heavy rain, parts of the highway have subsided, creating bumps and valleys that are just dangerous,” Mr Scanlon said.

“If it was a properly designed and built road surface, it wouldn't matter how much rain we had.”

While the RTA report is not specific about which sections of the Pacific Highway make up the 142km (22 per cent) of cracking surface, Nationals leader Andrew Stoner has had a crack of his own against the State Government, claiming the poor conditions are a result of 'broken promises'.

“The government promised in 1996 to upgrade the entire Pacific Highway to dual carriageway by 2006,” Mr Stoner said.

“By 2009, only 40 per cent has been upgraded, and to make matters worse, upgrades were axed in the mini-Budget (last November).”

NRMA president Wendy Machin said it was 'appalling' that 22 per cent of the Pacific Highway was now in such bad condition.

“Badly maintained road pavements are a serious risk to people's lives,” Ms Machin said.

“The data paints an unpleasant picture of the quality of our State's roads but I doubt the results would shock any NSW motorist.”

Mr Stoner said roads right across NSW were dangerous, particularly in country areas.

“The state of the Pacific Highway is a national disgrace and local drivers and people travelling on holiday should not have to put up with 142 kilometres of poor roads,” he said. The RTA report states that pavement durability reports allow maintenance planners to forward plan road projects.

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