Residents worried Pacific Hwy turnoff is a danger at night
SAFETY at the Eggins Dr turnoff at Arrawarra has again become a focus with residents avoiding driving at night because of the precarious nature of the intersection.
The approach to the turn-off first came to notice when a resident raised her concerns that line markings were not up to scratch and the 100km/h speed limit was an accident waiting to happen.
Since then, Roads and Maritime Services have installed reflectors to make the turning lane more visible at night and in the wet, however no action has been taken to make it easier to enter the highway by reducing the speed limit.
Lorikeet Tourist Park and Darlington Beach Holiday Park staff united with residents this week to make their feelings known about the situation.
Arrawarra's Dawn Thomas said when Eggins Dr became the main access to the highway the RMS installed an automatic light that illuminated the area when cars approached increasing visibility.
But the temporary measure was removed soon after and residents soon became worried about being cleaned up by a truck.
"We've had a couple of close calls and we've stopped going out of an evening," she said.
"If the 80km/h sign could just be moved slightly it would make a huge difference."
There is also concern that tourists trying to get to Arrawarra will run into trouble because the new turnoff isn't advised on GPS systems.
As part of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga highway upgrade, several sections are signposted 60km/h to make it safer for traffic to enter the flow of traffic.