NRMA local director Graham Blight and NRMA president Alan Evans reviewing a previous article in the Daily Liberal on blackspots.It must be an pressing issue if the NRMA President Alan Evans gave up his ticket to last night’s State of Origin final to check out the deteriorating state of the Mitchell and Newell Highway.
On a tour to assess the state of country roads in western NSW, Mr Evans and local NRMA director Graham Blight said the Newell and Mitchell highways are in desperate need of attention.
“They (the two highways) leave a lot be be desired,” Mr Evans said in Dubbo yesterday.
Both men have thrown their support behind Dubbo MP Dawn Fardell’s plea to the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to remove a notorious curve on the Newell Highway at Peak Hill, where earlier this year two B-doubles tipped within a two weeks period. The bend is at Hallinan’s Creek, between Peak Hill and Alectown.
“I know that bend, it’s a bad bend and that road is deteriorating,” Mr Blight said. “We will be raising that issue with the RTA to get something done with it.”
Mr Evans said he would join the campaign to get the bend fixed.
“I’m happy to go and knock on every minister’s door to make sure the money is made available, “ he said.
There is no indication how much it will cost to fix the bend at Hallinan’s Creek, nor other trouble spots along the Newell and Mitchell highways, but the NRMA is concerned over the lack of money coming this side of the Blue Mountains to fix up the roads.
“The Newell and Mitchell and Great Western highways are in real need of money to be spent on them and we are not getting it,”
“Quite frankly I am about to say to politicians that we in the western areas of NSW want a fair share of the excise we pay, we are totally dependant on our road service and totally dependant on our vehicles and we want our fair share, but we are not getting it.”
According to the NRMA, motorists contribute $15 billion in fuel excise a year, yet we only get $2 billion back each to spend on roads.
“There’s $15 billion going in and only $2 billion coming up, even if we get another billion on top of that on roads, a lot of them would be fixed, “ Mr Blight said.
Problem spots on the Mitchell highway have also been identified.
“Coming down the Mitchell last night there is a lack of passing lanes, you know that is going to create problems that is going to cause safety issues
“I spend alot of time on the roads and the only way you experience them is to get out and drive them, not from an office or a plane, get out and drive them.
Mr Evans and Mr Blight also visited Gilgandra, Warren, Trangie, Narromine and Parkes yesterday.
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