Kennedy Dr outed as worst road for potholes in Tweed

Kennedy Drive, in Tweed Heads West, is riddled with dangerous potholes.
Kennedy Drive, in Tweed Heads West, is riddled with dangerous potholes. John Gass

THE condition of Kennedy Dr in Tweed Heads West has motorists fuming and identifying it as one of the most potholed roads in the Tweed.

We asked our Facebook friends where the worst potholes were in the shire.

The overwhelming majority, with about half the total, mentioned Kennedy Dr.

One commenter, Ransley Clark, said trucks moving along Kennedy Dr shook his home.

"Kennedy Dr trucks shake my house when they hit the pothole out front," Mr Clark said.

"I have had four types pop and I am in the process of going to ombudsman over structural damage to my house due to vibrations from road."

Cory Ballinger demanded action on the road.

"Kennedy Dr is horrific and needs to be fixed," Mr Ballinger said.

Kennedy Dr was not the only road in the region that was under fire from drivers.

Drydock Rd in Tweed Heads South, Ducat St in Coolangatta, Ourimbah Rd in Tweed Heads and Piggabeen Rd in Tweed Heads West were also mentioned as pothole hotspots.

Tweed Shire Council's director of engineering and operations Patrick Knight said work was underway to fix Kennedy Dr's latest problems.

He said the designs and approvals of stage two were completed for the reconstruction of the western end of Kennedy Dr.

"We now just have to wait until we've accumulated sufficient funds to undertake the $2.5 million second stage of the project," Mr Knight said.

"The only available source of funds for this project is from developer contributions.

"It is anticipated that it could take several years to accumulate sufficient funds, as priority has been given to completing the $16 million interchange on Kirkwood Rd and in recent years the flow of developer contributions has been greatly diminished."

Stage two of the Kennedy Dr project would upgrade a 400m stretch from Gray St to the roundabout at the Pacific Hwy interchange.

In the interim period until funding is available for the project, the council will patch the worse defects to assist users of the road.

Motorists can visit My Daily News' Noticeboard to add their own potholes to our list - simply select potholes in the notice category. You'll find it under the Local Life tab on our homepage.

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