Safer driving through Alstonville intersection

2 December 2018

Safety upgrades to the intersection of the Bruxner Highway and Ballina Road at Alstonville are complete, with a trial about to start on a right turn ban onto the highway during afternoons.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the NSW Government is committed to making this intersection safer for the thousands of motorists who pass through it each day.

"Work to increase the length of the eastbound merging lane from Ballina Road onto the Bruxner Highway and widening the left hand turning lane from Ballina Road is complete,” Mr Franklin said.

“Roads and Maritime Services has worked closely with Ballina Shire Council and NSW Police to introduce a trial ban from Thursday 6 December for motorists turning right out of Ballina Road on to the Bruxner Highway from 3pm to 6pm.

“This restriction is designed to reduce the risk of motorists being blinded by the sun when looking to the west, which can affect the ability to judge the distance of oncoming traffic.”

Mr Franklin said a high proportion of the serious crashes at this intersection have occurred in the afternoon.

”Motorists are still able to turn west onto the Bruxner Highway from Kays Lane,” Mr Franklin said.

“Electronic messaging boards will be in place to remind motorists of these changes and the restriction will be reviewed early next year to determine if it should continue.”

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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