One-way for Cudgen Ck bridge

THE narrow old timber bridge across Cudgen Creek is likely to converted to one lane, with southbound traffic forced to give way.

Tweed Shire engineering staff have recommended the change despite calls from the community for immediate construction of a new bridge.

The council's administrators are today due to consider recommendation from the engineers to convert the existing two lanes to one traffic lane and a walkway/cycleway at a cost of $15,000.

The engineers have also recommended planning work begin on a separate $1.25 million dollar foot and cycleway bridge downstream.

The current bridge would later be converted back to two lanes until it is replaced in 10 to 15 years.

It has previously been estimated an all-new bridge for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians could cost over $2 million.

Many Kingscliff residents are not happy with the plans.

Thirty sent submissions calling for a new bridge and bypass further south, with the conversion of the current bridge to a walkway and one lane of traffic remaining as the final long-term solution.

The Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association called for a new vehicle and pedestrian bridge, replacing the current structure, to be built as soon as possible.

Other residents wrote in opposing the change, but backing construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

And some wanted the new pedestrian bridge with a replacement traffic bridge built upstream nearer the Salt development.

Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association president Pete Gladwin said yesterday while his organisation wanted a single new bridge, the proposed option was "a lesser evil" than the current dangerous situation.

What do you think. Email or write to P.O. Box 6336 Tweed Heads South 2486.

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