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Hwy could claim 30 lives a year

A roadside memorial near Arrawarra.
A roadside memorial near Arrawarra. Debrah Novak

STATISTICALLY, there is a strong likelihood that somewhere between 20 and 30 people will die on the Pacific Hwy between Hexham and the Queensland border in the next 12 months.

Figures from the Roads and Maritime Services show both good news and some bad news.

The good news is that the 346km of highway which has already been upgraded to dual carriageway is having a seriously positive impact on crashes and fatalities.

The bad news is that with 331km of road still single carriageway (much of it in the Clarence Valley) - more highway users are destined to lose their lives at a rate of up to 30 people per year.

Full story in tomorrow's Daily Examiner.

Topics:  pacific highway roads and maritime service



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