The owner of the Alfredtown servo at the site of a tragic fatal accident wants to see further improvements made to the "dangerous" stretch of highway.
A Wagga couple, aged in their 70s, died on August 30 after they pulled out of Arvind Ramidi's 'Shanty' service station and were hit by an oncoming semi-trailer heading east on the Sturt Highway.
Mr Ramidi said the couple were regular customers of his who stopped in for their usual petrol top-up and ice-creams before their death.
Now, Mr Ramidi is calling for changes, including a reduced speed limit on the highway as it passes through Alfredtown.
"If they don't want to do anything else, they can reduce the speed. Because this town is called Alfredtown. It's a small town. Even if two or three people are living [here], they're still living," he said. "Ideally they'd put another lane. But if they don't want to do that they should reduce the speed to 60 or 70 [kilometres per hour]."
Mr Ramidi wants to see a third lane installed on his side of the highway to make it safer for vehicles turning into and leaving his service station, because drivers can have poor visibility of traffic coming from the west.
He believes this would allow vehicles rounding the corner from the Wagga direction to move out of the way if they were at risk of colliding with a car leaving the service station.
All vehicles coming from Ladysmith need to turn left onto the Sturt Highway from Tumbarumba Road to access the service station or continue to Wagga.
"They have to go straight from 50 kilometre to a 100 kilometre zone," Mr Ramidi said.
"If a car is there they can try to control [the speed]. But if a truck is there they can't control it. That's the problem."
Mr Ramidi said the intersection was "a hard junction for everyone, whether they're going in or going out".
He said the "seven or eight" families who live on Alfredtown's small River Road were unable to turn right onto the Sturt Highway and drive directly to Wagga. "They have to go all the way to [Tumbarumba Road] to do a U-Turn," he said.
State member for Wagga Joe McGirr said he was distressed by the recent fatal accident.
"At this stage, there haven't been a lot of concerns raised with my office about this intersection, but those issues that have been brought to my attention, I will raise with the minister," Dr McGirr said.
"I would also welcome more feedback from the community on the issue."
The Daily Advertiser contacted the Roads and Maritime Services with questions about the highway, but they were unable to respond by deadline.