A crash survivor has joined renewed calls for upgrades to a stretch of the Bass Highway where eight people have died in the past decade.
Sam Cawthorn crashed head-on with a truck when he fell asleep at the wheel, and ended up in the other lane in 2006.
He was killed in the collision, but emergency services managed to resuscitate him.
His right arm had to be amputated, he spent six days in an induced coma and his right leg was permanently damaged.
"Yes the crash was my fault, I totally know that, but the reality is, if there was a barrier in the middle of the road, if there was some other safety precautions, then I might still have two arms," he said.
His comments come after a 28-year-old Blackstone Heights woman lost her life on the highway at Elizabeth Town on Monday night, after ending up in the other lane, and crashing head-on with another car.
The tragedy was further down the highway than where Mr Cawthorn crashed, but at least seven others have died between the two locations since 2009.
Last year, the Bass Highway was identified as the third "worst rated road" in the state, through an RACT survey.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday the stretch of highway near Elizabeth Town had previously been identified as a priority, and plans to improve it would commence next year.
"To just say you are looking at it next year, it is just devastating for the family, and the community," Mr Cawthorn said.
"No expense should be spared to save another human being.
"The statistics say if we don't fix that type of road, that in less than one and a half years there will be another death if the government doesn't do something about it."
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When questioned about the issue again on Wednesday, Mr Ferguson said the government "may well" bring forward plans to potentially improve the highway.
"We have $4 million in our forward planning for the Bass Highway between Devonport and Deloraine, and the government is always prepared to take advice about accelerated works," he said.
"The stretch of road that unfortunately has got a reputation for deaths and serious injuries, it is a difficult one, because it actually meets the national guidelines.
"I am happy to take further advice from the RACT, or my department, and if there are any treatments that can be brought forward that might enhance the current safety situation, then we will certainly be turning our minds to that."
RACT executive general manager for membership and community Stacey Pennicott said the peak motoring body was pushing for a 10-year strategy for the Bass Highway, and had been since 2017.
"We have been advocating quite strongly for some time, and to date, we have not had a funding commitment," she said.
"We would like to see a 10-year plan, as we have seen for the Midland Highway. The plan would be for the Bass Highway as an entire network, but a critical section of the strategy would be the section at Parramatta Creek."
As part of its budget submissions to the state government, RACT has requested an upgrade to the intersection at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, and overtaking lanes to be installed on the highway at Parramatta Creek.
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