The Pacific Highway has again topped the NRMA’s annual Seeing Red On Roads survey, which saw nearly 12,000 people respond for 2014.
While the highway (incorporating the F3 / M1 Sydney - Newcastle Motorway) has greatly improved between Sydney and Port Macquarie in recent years, some areas north and south of Coffs Harbour (among others) are yet to be upgraded.
It was these areas that respondents singled out in the survey, saying the highway is congested with a poor road surface and not enough lanes.
The NRMA said it is clear that the initial deadline of 2016 to upgrade the Pacific Highway in its entirety would not be met, and that the Association would continue to pressure governments to meet the new deadline of 2020.
“While the full duplication of the Pacific Highway should remain the priority, with the population of the Coffs Harbour area set to double in the next 20 years we should also be looking towards ways we can ease the congestion for locals – such as building a bypass,” NRMA President, Kyle Loades, said.
"Following the Seeing Red On Roads campaign over the past few years, we have seen some real progress from the NSW and Australian governments to upgrade some of the most dangerous sections of road in the state.”
This is the fourth year in succession that the survey has been conducted, and the Pacific Highway has topped the list each year.
Other consistent offenders include the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail, Pennant Hills and Parramatta Roads in Sydney, and the Barton Highway - which made the top-five in 2014 due to increased congestion and a series of recent collisions.
The Kings Highway, M4 Motorway and Bucketts Way appeared in the top-ten list for the second year running, while Narellan Road in Sydney’s Macarthur district made the list for the first time.