Safety review for Tweed Valley Way

THE RTA will conduct a safety% review of the Tweed Valley Way fol- lowing the deaths last weekend of two men on the scenic 40-kilometre stretch of road. A NSW Roads and Traffic Author- ity spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News the review, which has yet to be given a start date, arose after they became concerned about the number of fatalities this year on the Tweed Valley Way which, up until five years ago, was part of the --------------- --------------- Pacific Highway. "The RTA will work with Tweed Shire Council to review conditions on this route and consider possible further measures to improve the safety of all road users," the spokes- person said. "The review will consider the speeds of vehicles, road engineer- ing measures, speed limits and en- forcement of road rules." Two men died last Sunday when a motorbike and a car collided just south of the Condong sugar mill. The motorbike rider, Canadian --------------- --------------- student Snil Sahanan, 27, died% instantly and the 20-year-old car passenger, Matthew Prosser of% Currumbin, passed away at The Tweed Hospital. Police from the Bal- lina Crash Unit are still investigat- ing the cause of the fiery crash. The death of the two men, the fourth and fifth fatalities on the Tweed Valley Way this year, prompted concerned residents and road users to voice their concerns about speed limits and road condi- tions on the old highway. Some residents groups called for --------------- --------------- improved entry and exit lanes, four- lane carriageways and a reduction in the speed limit, suggestions put to Minister for Roads Eric Roozen- daal by Tweed MP Geoff Provest on Thursday. Mr Provest, while welcoming the review, said "it's one thing to have an inquiry but it's another to follow through with actions". Tweed Shire Council roads safety officer Ray Clark, who called for the introduction of speed cameras on the Tweed Valley Way, welcomed news the RTA would be conducting --------------- --------------- a review. "We too are part of the local com- munity. The majority of crashes in- volve local people on local roads," Mr Clark said. "I would like speed cameras everywhere, but they are a contentious issue and we really need to look at our options. "We will happily work with the RTA and I'm looking forward to see- ing what they find." The two men who died last week crashed in a 70-kilometre-per-hour zone. At this stage police cannot confirm how the accident happened.



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