RTA to improve black spot

AFTER consultation with concerned stakeholders, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will make changes to a section of the Bruxner Highway near Lismore that has been the scene of many accidents.

State MP for Lismore Thomas George, Richmond Local Area Command Superintendent Bruce Lyons and affected residents gathered for an on-site inspection of the Bruxner Highway at South Gundurimba, 7km south of Lismore.

As a result the RTA has decided to make some major changes to the black spot location.

“The RTA has agreed in the next three or four weeks to re-seal the road from Bugden Bridge to near the Parrots Nest Road turn-off,” MrGeorge said.

“It has been very dangerous for a very long time.

“They have also agreed to extend the 80km/h speed limit back towards Lismore.

“At the moment by the time drivers get to the 80km/h zone from the 100km/h zone they are already on the slippery surface. Now they have time to reduce their speed before the black spot.

“They are also prepared to look at whether the passing lane is justified. The RTA realises there is a problem and are willing to fix it.”

Just last week a south-bound truck driver lost control of his rig and crashed into a guard rail near the Coraki Road T-junction – on the fourth anniversary of the death of two Goonellabah sisters who were killed in a car accident in the same spot.

The RTA recently accepted a tender to fix the guard rail on the opposite side of the road where another south-bound driver was killed two months ago when his fuel tanker crashed, spilling much of its load.

The RTA is now calling for quotes to repair the guard rail that was damaged in last week’s accident.

Mr George is hoping the changes being made by the RTA will prevent future accidents at the black spot.

The RTA told The Northern Star that asphalt resurfacing of the section of road was already being planned this financial year.

“When completed, the surfacing works will improve skid resistance and the quality of the road surface,” the RTA spokesperson said.

“The RTA will also investigate if any other work is needed at the site and if any adjustments are needed at the Coraki Road junction.”

However, the spokesperson said there were no plans to review the newly-implemented speed zone.



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