Figures have been released on the Bangalow Road showing the amount of traffic and associated accidents along the road leading to Lismore.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Figures have been released on the Bangalow Road showing the amount of traffic and associated accidents along the road leading to Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

OPINION: Killer roads should be an election issue

BANGALOW ROAD is the route I take to and from work every day.

I know every curve, every crossroad, every speed zone, every village and every overtaking lane like it was the back of my hand.

So it doesn't surprise me when I hear a statistic there is one bad accident on this road every week.

Nor, given our coverage of road fatalities in this newspaper, does it come as a shock at the sheer number of people who have lost their lives on this dangerous stretch.

Between Lismore and Bangalow there are just two overtaking lanes, one in each direction, both are uphill.

It's tremendously twisty and turny at the Bangalow end, potholed at the other end and it has a couple of points where it goes underwater in minor to moderate flood conditions.

It's valleys are often filled with thick 'pea soup' fog at nights.

This is a dangerous road.

And yet it is one of those major arterial routes that seems to suffer while wads of cash are spent on the Pacific or Bruxner Highways.

To be fair, it is a road that constantly has work being done on it, more so at the Lismore end.

While local roads, like Bangalow Road, are looked after by state and local governments, the federal government has ways it can syphon money from our our fuel taxes and channel it into road building programs.

I'm calling on all the candidates in the Page and Richmond electorates to make our killer roads an election issue.



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