DANGER AHEAD: Ross Lane, Lennox Head, the site of many car crashes. BELOW: The front page of The Northern Star earlier this year about deaths on local roads including Ross Lane.
DANGER AHEAD: Ross Lane, Lennox Head, the site of many car crashes. BELOW: The front page of The Northern Star earlier this year about deaths on local roads including Ross Lane. The Northern Star

Review reveals steps needed to improve deadly road

A SAFETY review of Ross Lane at Lennox Head has been completed, following a fatal crash on the road in January this year.

Urgent works were undertaken after the crash on January 23, which killed 20-year-old Bangalow woman, Taylor Chase.

Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services also agreed to undertake a more comprehensive road safety review, and this review has now been completed by RMS senior network and safety officer Greg Sciffer, with assistance from council staff members Patrick Knight and Peter O'Keefe.

Ross Lane is an important east-west connector between The Coast Rd and the Pacific Highway.

The safety review has found that a number of short, medium and long term actions should be undertaken to improve the safety of the road.

It also found that all of the junctions along Ross Lane need to be reassessed and have restrictive vegetation removed to improve sight lines.

"Generally there are no formed shoulders for most of Ross Lane … all of the road verges are grassed and the sections along the floodplain would not be trafficable for most of the time," the report states.

"The existing bus pull over areas on the hill would not comply with current standards. They need to be reviewed and improved."

The safety review also found that the road was not safe for pedestrians or cyclists.

Short term recommendations include new warning signs, a speed limit review for the western hilly section of the road, and a review of sight lines at junctions and at the highway roundabout.

Medium term recommendations are to widen the road shoulders, improve the turning facilities at existing road junctions, and improve bus bays. The long term recommendations include improving the alignment, pavement, capacity and width of Ross Lane.


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