$3 million improvements to Ballina crash hot spots
TWO crash hotspots in the Ballina Shire will receive much-needed improvements, thanks to almost $3 million in funding from Roads and Maritime Services.
On Ross Lane at Lennox Head, a corner section about 1.5km west of The Coast Rd will be widened and the curve will be realigned at a cost of $780,000.
A roundabout will be built on the corner of The Coast Rd and Skennars Head Rd, costing about $2 million.
The speed limit will be reduced to 60km/h and road lighting will be improved.
Ballina Shire Council's engineering works manager, Paul Busmanis, said they had to supply crash data to Roads and Maritime Servies to support the applications.
"The sad analysis is that fatalities and crashes cost a lot, in terms of the impact that they have on the community," he said.
"We are pleased to have this funding, because it will make these locations safer for drivers.
"To be successful in our funding applications we had to rely on presenting crash histroy data and a cost-benefit analysis over a five-year period."
Both projects will be fully funded by the RMS.
Mr Busmanis said the council was currently undertaking planning and preparation works with a view to starting construction early next year.
Both project should be finished by mid-2017.