Pacific Hwy upgrade removes black spot

A $470,000 Pacific Highway upgrade has been completed, removing a notorious black spot north of Newcastle

August 4, 2011

A notorious black spot along a stretch of the Pacific Highway north of Newcastle has been fixed as part of a $470,000 upgrade.

The federally-funded project has eliminated the black spot at Twelve Mile Creek which has been the scene of 12 crashes in recent years.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says the investment, through the Black Spot Program, targeted the highway between Bucketts Way and Talbots Trail.

Taking three months to complete, the project delivered safety barriers, signs and clear line markings and removed large roadside trees.

Albanese says the upgrade was designed to address the number of vehicles running off the highway and crashing into oncoming traffic.

"The Black Spot Program has a proven record of saving lives with an evaluation showing that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years," he says.

Albanese says work on another 95 black spots in NSW is expected to start over the coming year.

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