The scene of the accident on Orara Way.
The scene of the accident on Orara Way. Daily Examiner

Roadwork for Orara Way black spot

WHEN Braunstone resident Ralph Hindmarsh saw the scene of a truck accident on Orara Way this week, it all seemed very familiar.

The truck had fallen on its side on a bend in the road about five kilometres south of the Armidale Road turn-off.

He said a couple of years ago another truck had been in a similar situation on the same stretch, except in that case the truck was completely upside down.

Ralph said the road was often used by heavy vehicles and its condition had deteriorated in recent years.

“The road needs a lot of work and maintenance and it needs to be done properly,” he said. “I've been saying to my wife that it's an accident waiting to happen.”

Ralph said Clarence Valley Council carried out some work on the road, filling in a pothole a few weeks earlier near where the accident occurred. Although he said he did not know what caused the most recent accident, he said council needed to investigate.

Council operations manager Tim Jenkins said plans were in place to survey the area and see what kind of maintenance was required.

“We would have to see if there was any real reason for accidents,” he said.

Mr Jenkins said if necessary, council would repair the road by patching, resurfacing or rebuilding damaged parts, depending on their situation.

He said the work would take place before June 30.



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