Further improvement work to respond to Waterfall Way review recommendations

22 September 2014

Further safety improvement work on Waterfall Way will start immediately after the completion of the Waterfall Way safety review.

Roads and Maritime Services has published the final report which made 37 safety recommendations on the important coastal route, many informed by community feedback.

Work to start this month in response to recommendations includes increased heavy vehicle compliance checks, improving sign posting and providing funding to Council to develop and design a plan for the high pedestrian activity area in Bellingen.

Consideration will also be given to formalising ‘pull over’ areas on Dorrigo mountain during maintenance work to enable slow moving vehicles to pull over and other vehicles to pass.

Roads and Maritime will continue to monitor traffic to inform heavy vehicle enforcement programs and investigate establishing clear zones, particularly to the west of Bellingen.

Road safety initiatives already implemented during the review include a speed zone review of the Waterfall Way between Bellingen and Thora, allocation of funding for more highway patrols by police and increased heavy vehicle inspection and enforcement.

The review followed concerns raised by the Bellingen community about the impact of increased truck movements due to the Megan Quarry expansion. The quarry expansion is linked to the haulage of materials to the Pacific Highway upgrade between Nambucca Heads and Urunga.

The road safety review focused on safety associated with an increase in truck movements along this section of the road.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community members who took the time to attend two community workshops last week with the majority of the feedback received focused on road conditions, heavy vehicle usage and speed limits.

Community members can view a copy of the report at the Waterfall Way project page.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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