FINALLY: Govt agrees to improve Bruxner Hwy safety
UPDATE 9.00am: TIRELESS lobbying for a safer Bruxner Highway is beginning to pay off for Lismore MP Janelle Saffin.
Ms Saffin said she welcomed the NSW Government heeding the community's "desperate" calls to make a dangerous stretch of the Bruxner Highway safer.
"I welcome the start to making the Alphadale Road intersection safer with the installation of warning signs," Ms Saffin said.
"The next safety measure we need in place is the lowering of the speed limit, while the full range of options can be considered to undertake the permanent safety upgrades."
Ms Saffin said she recently walked and inspected the intersection and surrounds with the Lismore City Council Traffic Committee Chair and Secretary, Transport NSW and the police.
"I wish to thank them for their efforts and I thank the minister for being receptive to my advocacy for our local residents," she said.
"They have come out in droves to give support to my representations on their behalf. They are quite desperate to have it made safer. "
"I thank The Northern Star media who have stayed on the case as well, giving expression to our very local needs. "
Original story: THE NSW Government has finally responded to greater community safety concerns over a horror stretch of the Bruxner Hwy, between Lismore and Ballina.
Many members of the community recently shared their experience of the section of road, including the Alphadale black spot which has a terrible crash history.
Lismore MP Janelle Saffin's recently revealed a plan to realign the Bruxner Hwy to bypass the notorious crossroads, with residents calling for a 60km zone be installed in the interim.
The Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole has not yet commented on whether the department would consider the realignment as part of future safety works.
But he has revealed new signage is being installed along the Bruxner Hwy, near the Alphadale Road intersection east of Goonellabah, to warn motorists to slow down and exercise caution.
Mr Toole said a range of upgrade options were being investigated to improve safety along the road in response to community concerns.
"We know the local community has been calling for enhanced safety measures at this location and we've listened, which is why we are seeing signs installed near the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Alphadale/Cowlong roads - and why we are investigating a range of options to further improve safety in this area," Mr Toole said.
"The new signage is only the first step towards providing safer journeys for motorists."
Mr Toole said improving access from the intersection onto the highway - particularly for larger vehicles from the nearby macadamia processing facility - is among options being considered, together with vehicle activated signs.
"Transport for NSW is working closely with the Lismore City Council Traffic Committee to consider longer term options as well as the possibility of changes to speed limits in the area," Mr Toole said.
Lismore City Council has been engaged to install the 16 new signs which is expected to take a week, weather permitting.
Ms Saffin has been approached for comment.