NSW road safety upgrade opens

Second stage joint government funded project to upgrade the Pacific Highway opens to traffic

The second stage of a joint government funded project to upgrade the Pacific Highway has opened to traffic.

The $3.4 million Shark Creek upgrade near Grafton rebuilt a one kilometre section of the highway, which Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says also realigned and widened sections of the route.

NSW Minister for Roads Michael Daley says the upgrade, which is part of the $20 million Shark Creek package, will make the section of highway smoother, straighter and safer for all road users.

"The joint federal and NSW government funding is granted to areas along the Pacific Highway with a high crash history," Daley says.

"These joint funding arrangements demonstrate the firm commitment of both governments to improve safety on the Pacific Highway."

He says the project is part of a number of works on unduplicated sections of the highway between Grafton and Ballina.

The first stage of the upgrade was completed in December 2005.

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