Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Pacific Highway Robbery

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Pacific Highway Robbery

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Byline: comment DAVID BANCROFT

ANY way you look at it, the North Coast in general and the Clarence Valley in particular are being ripped off when it comes to Pacific Highway upgrades.

The release this week of an NRMA Report Card on the highway showed just how badly we are falling behind other areas.

At the request of The Daily Examiner, the motoring organisation crunched some figures with startling results.

Between Coffs Harbour and Ballina there are 224 kilometres of highway. That is 25.2 per cent of the highway's total length.

But in the 20 years since the Cowper and Kempsey bus crashes claimed the lives of 55 people and the State Coroner released a damning report calling for the highway to be made dual carriageway, comparatively little has been done in this region.

In that time, $211.5 million has been spent on highway upgrades in the region out of a total $3462 million spent along its length. …

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