• Princes Highway ‘death traps’: NRMA calls for safety upgrade to continue in a ‘tale of two roads’

    Date: 2019.04.16 | Category: 苏州美甲美睫培训学校 | Tags:

    The NRMA is calling for safety upgrades on the Princes Highway to continue. Upgrades to sections of the highway have produced a 90 per cent drop in the number of car crashes. Photo: Christopher ChanSafety upgrades to sections of the Princes Highway have produced a 90 per cent drop in the number of car crashes causing injury, according to a major review by the state’s motoring lobby.

    But the NRMA study also exposes the lack of improvement and the continuing risk of driving on vast stretches of the south coast highway where governments have not spent money upgrading the road.

    The NRMA’s latest review of the Princes Highway, covering almost 430 kilometres from Dapto to the Victorian border, tells “a tale of two roads”.

    In the most heavily trafficked section of the highway, north of Jervis Bay, the number of road accidents has dropped dramatically following a number of major road upgrades and widening programs.

    In the five years to the end of 2012, for instance, the upgrade to a dual-carriageway highway between Oak Flats and Kiama coincided with 48 fewer casualty crashes on that stretch compared to the previous five years before.

    However, further south the risk of driving on the Princes Highway has increased in recent years according to the NRMA due to an overall increase in traffic volumes.

    “South of Jervis Bay road, the Princes Highway remains to a large extent a death trap,” NRMA local director Alan Evans said in the report.

    “Tragically, 45 people died and a further 1401 were injured on the Princes Highway over the five year period 2008-2012. Already this year, eight people have lost their lives.”

    The NRMA is calling on the installation of more wire rope barriers along southern sections of the coastal highway. These barriers, used widely in Victoria, are controversial among some motorcyclists who say they present a major safety risk.

    But the NRMA argues wire rope fencing, which has already been installed on some sections of the Princes Highway, could reduce by around 60 per cent the number of crashes causing injury. While reviewing the road, the NRMA’s team saw two cars in 24 hours that had crashed into wire rope barriers and averted serious injury.

    Roads and Maritime Services is planning or tendering for an extensive range of works on the highway north of Jervis Bay. It is exhibiting designs of a bypass of Albion Park, though has not set a time for construction to start. The Gerringong upgrade should be finished next year and construction is slated to start early next year on the Foxground and Berry bypass.

    But the roads lobby also wants a clear program to improve the highway on sections further south that have less overall traffic. It is not proposing to turn the entire highway into four-lane divided highway, but wants two-by-one lanes separated by wire rope parries.

    “The Pacific Highway has taken too long to upgrade and as a result too many lives have been lost – we don’t want to repeat these mistakes with the Princes Highway,” Mr Evans said.

    A spokeswoman for Roads Minister Duncan Gay said: “The Liberals & Nationals Government has invested record levels of funding in the Princes Highway the likes of which have never been seen in the history of NSW.”

    “There are now work sites all along the Princes Highway because we are an infrastructure government and will continue to deliver for the people of the Illawarra and South Coast.”

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