Dispute holds up traffic relief measures



PEDESTRIANS trying to cross the congested South Tweed off ramp from the Tweed Bypass at Minjungbal Drive will soon be assisted by a new concrete footpath, but a dispute over the off-ramp roadworks is not yet resolved.

And Tweed Shire Council remains concerned about local traffic problems from major highway works proposed for Sexton Hill.

An RTA representative was yesterday morning taking photos of peak-hour traffic banked up along the entire length of the off ramp, as a private work crew completed the footpath.

Tweed Shire Council is holding a road contractors' bond due to a dispute between the contractor and the RTA over a section of concrete pavement near the intersection of the off ramp and Minjungbal Drive.

Shire works manager Bob Missingham was hopeful the dispute would soon be sorted out, which could then enable further roadworks to assist flows from the off ramp.

But he said shire officials and the RTA would need to continue negotiations over options for Sexton Hill upgrading which could exacerbate traffic congestion near the off ramp.

"There is still a fair bit of discussion needed," Mr Missingham said.



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