The communities along the north coast of NSW have been waiting 20 years for the Pacific Highway to be upgraded to dual carriageway since two tragic bus accidents in Grafton and Kempsey claimed 55 lives.
An NRMA audit of the Pacific Highway in 2007 revealed that the highway's accident rate has increased in the past five years. There have been almost 10,000 car crashes on the road in the past decade in which 326 people have died and 3778 people were hurt or maimed.
The Pacific Highway upgrade needs to be fast tracked and delivered as soon as possible to reduce the road death toll and relieve the handbrake that the Pacific Highway places on regional economies.
We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Prime Minister and the NSW Premier to fast track the upgrade of the Pacific Highway and ensure that it is completed as soon as possible.
We believe that the Prime Minister and NSW Premier need to take personal responsibility of the project to ensure that the upgrade meets its completion date.
We call for Infrastructure Australia to conduct an audit of the current status of the Pacific Highway and create a timetable for completion that is realistic. The Prime Minister and NSW Premier would then sign off on six-month reports on the upgrade to ensure the project stays on target to its completion.
The Fix the Pacific Highway petition to NSW and Federal Governments was written by Chris Taylor and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.