The Pacific Highway at Chatswood has jumped to the top of the list of worst crash locations in NSW with 135 crashes and bingles in the year to September 2013, (based on insurance claims lodged with AAMI Insurance).
Locals will tell you that the new statistic just tells what we already knew.
One of the biggest problem locations is the intersection of the Highway with Albert Avenue and Centennial Avenue. This has been a problem location for years. Cars turning right onto the Highway from Albert Avenue frequently ignore the red light at Centennial Ave, driving into the intersection when vehicles turning right from Centennial Avenue are exiting.
Another problem is the fact at certain times of the day lanes in opposite direction are directly facing each other. At similar locations in the city, such as at Neutral Bay, there are in-road guidance lights and overhead lane lights.
The Pacific Highway is under the care and control of the State Government under the jurisdiction of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Locals have been lobbying the Local Member (Ms Berijiklian) for years in regard to this problem. It is well behind the time that action is taken to resolve these problems.