The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is pleased to advise that the RTA is working with local bus companies and Coffs Harbour City Council to improve safety for children at school bus stops along the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.
“The RTA has made a number of changes along the upgrade including installing improved signs and road markings at bus stops along the upgrade,” Mr Fraser said.
“One bus stop at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Gaudrons Road, Sapphire Beach, was relocated further west to move students away from the high levels of traffic using the intersection.
“The safety improvements will be regularly monitored to make sure they remain effective as the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade progresses,” Mr Fraser said.
The safety upgrades were carried out during the school holidays following road safety presentations to five primary schools in the vicinity of upgrade road works late last year.
“The presentations reinforced the importance of following road safety rules to students,” Mr Fraser said.
The RTA is working with the joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan on the school bus stop safety improvements. The joint venture has been contracted by the RTA to design and build the $705 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade.
The upgrade involves building 25 kilometres of four-lane divided road from Sapphire, immediately north of Coffs Harbour, to Arrawarra, north of Woolgoolga.
The project will improve road safety, reduce travel times for all users of the highway and provide easier access to and from the highway for local residents.
For more information on the project visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific or phone the project’s toll free information line on 1800 63 63 63.