Highway upgrade

THE fiery crash involving a car and a truck which three people were lucky to walk away from yesterday morning has reinforced Clarence MP Steve Cansdell's resolve to ensure the Pacific Highway is upgraded.

Mr Cansdell said he spoke yesterday morning to new Roads Minister Duncan Gay about what interim measures can be implemented to prevent accidents like this and Tuesday's fatal truck crash at Macksville.

“The highway needs upgrading. The feds have said they are going to be committed to it and we are going to be committed to it,” he said.

Pacific Highway Taskforce chairman Richie Williamson said this week's crashes at Ulmarra and Macksville illustrated the need for a timetable to be drawn up indicating when upgrades would be completed.

“The Pacific Highway Taskforce is arranging a meeting with Minister Duncan Gay to talk about the timelines with regard to the now government commitment to ensure that the 2016 deadline for the upgrades is met,” he said

“The incidents this week should reinforce to the new Government how much this work is needed in the communities that are still being affected by these horrific crashes.”



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