Stoner's highway push

MORE than 30 lives have been lost on the deadly stretch of Pacific Highway between Ballina and Grafton since 2005, and the Coalition wants it to end.

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has outlined his plan to fast-track the $46 million Frederickton to Eungai stage of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which includes the stretch of road that claimed the life of a 28-year-old man, believed to be from Alstonville, on Tuesday.

Twenty-eight people have died on the highway between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie since 2005.

“Too many families are being torn apart by the tragedies that occur on this particularly dangerous stretch of the Pacific Highway,” Mr Stoner said.

But it's the highway's infamous fatigue zone south of Ballina that has claimed even more lives over the past six years.

In 2007, 10 people were killed on the stretch of road and in January this year a 16-year-old from Woodburn was killed at Tabbimoble.

Mr Stoner confirmed he and Minister for Roads Duncan Gay would be pushing to have the entire highway upgraded “as soon as possible”.



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