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Serious Pacific Hwy upgrade accident a matter of time

Eggins Dr intersection arrawarra. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Eggins Dr intersection arrawarra. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

RESIDENTS of Arrawarra are concerned a serious accident on the local stretch of Pacific Hwy is imminent, due to a lack of safe turning lanes into the suburb.

Darlington Beach Holiday Park resident Duncan Shield said due to work on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade, new traffic conditions meant the turning lane off the Pacific Highway into Eggins Dr at Arrawarra was simply an accident waiting to happen.

"The linemarking on the new turn-off is terrible - at night or when it's wet, it's virtually invisible," Mr Shield said.

"It's easy to miss the turn off."

He said he had observed motorists overtaking stopped drivers on the inside.

"What we'd like to see is reflectors put on the road and the lines done properly.

"People have been killed on that stretch of road in the past and we don't want to see it happen again."

A spokeswoman for Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) said they had inspected the intersection this week.

"Reflectors to improve safety at the intersection will be installed in the coming weeks," the spokeswoman said.

"RMS aims to open new sections progressively including the new Arrawarra interchange to offer improved access for motorists to Eggins Drive and Arrawarra Beach Road.

"RMS thanks the community for suggestions to improve road safety and encourages people to give feedback at rms.nsw.gov.au."

The upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Highway is expected to open to traffic next year.

Topics:  arrawarra pacific highway roads and maritime services sapphire to woolgoolga upgrade



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