Plenty of national and state highways have come under fire from members as being sub-standard, with the NRMA cataloguing results by state regions.
The Pacific Highway topped the list as the worst road in the Newcastle / Hunter Valley, Central Coast and North Coast regions and was voted the worst road in NSW overall.
The New England Highway was third-worst on the Newcastle / Hunter Valley list, but was voted the second worst in the Central West.
Elsewhere in the Central West, the Great Western and Mitchell Highways scored poorly, but it was the Olympic Highway that was voted the worst.
Around the ACT region, the Kings Highway topped the list and was also declared the sixth-worst road in NSW. The Barton Highway was second, and was declared the eighth-worst road in NSW.
Finally, Illawarra residents were more direct with their concerns, voting the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail the worst in the region, which is still yet to be bypassed.
The notorious Picton Road was second-worst, with the Illawarra Highway and F6 Freeway third and fourth.
Poor road surfaces, not enough lanes and narrow lanes were the common theme amongst respondents from all over the state, with the pothole-infested Bucketts Way (voted ninth-worst road in NSW) being a good example of these.
NRMA Motoring & Services President Wendy Machin said the survey results showed NSW drivers were once again frustrated with the slow upgrade of the Pacific Highway.
“Thanks to all motorists who took part in this year’s survey, these results will help keep the pressure on the politicians,” Ms Machin said.
“Your support will help make sure important projects like duplicating the Pacific Highway are finished as soon as possible.”
“We want to ensure road issues stay top of mind with the politicians in the lead up to the Federal Election, that’s why we’re asking the community to sign the petition at Demand Better Roads.”
TMR recently attended an innovative NRMA event in Sydney, where residents were asked to voice their discontent in chalk onto the roadways. Members who couldn’t attend were invited to send in their concerns via social media.
The event has travelled to other parts of NSW and the ACT as well, including Canberra, Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga.