Minister driven to face truth about Ross Lane
DANGEROUS Ross Lane that connects the Coast Rd at Lennox Head with the Pacific Hwy may be in for an upgrade if black spot funding is secured.
Last Thursday a 20-year-old Bangalow woman was killed in a two-car smash after losing control on a bend in wet conditions and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
The following day the Minister for the North Coast and Member for Ballina Don Page took NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay for a drive along the horror stretch to show him where many crashes have occurred.
On Tuesday Mr Page confirmed Mr Gay suggested he try to get Ross Lane upgraded through black spot funding.
Mr Page said he had written to Mr Gay requesting an upgrade of the road and the minister has staff investigating black spot funding options.
In March last year the speed limit on Ross Lane was dropped from 100kmh to 80kmh by Roads and Maritime Services to improve safety.
Lennox Head-based MLC Catherine Cusack said Thursday's tragic crash prompted her to contact the council, and Mr Page, to question when Ross Lane will be upgraded.
"Ross Lane needs to be upgraded, it needs to be lifted so it doesn't close every time it floods, and we need an additional option of straightening the road, and I would like the council and the government to consider funding that," she said.
"To me we need to do the upgrade properly and that means to straighten Ross Lane." Ballina Council group manager civil services John Truman said upgrading Ross Lane was on the council's current roads plan, which will be reviewed this year.
Under the council's current road plan, Mr Truman said $8 million worth of work upgrading most of Ross Lane to four lanes was scheduled to occur between 2021 and 2024.