By ANITA HULM
TWEED Coast residents and visitors wishing to head to holiday destinations on the strip will soon find the going much smoother.
Work began yesterday on revamping a two kilometre stretch of road between the Pacific Highway and Pottsville, one of the major links between the motorway and the Tweed Coast.
Expected to cost around $5 million, the project, funded by both the NSW and Federal Governments, will see the realignment of Cudgera Creek Road from the highway to the Mooball turn-off. It is expected to be completed midway through next year.
It will include work to build a new, wider bridge to remove the S-bend in the road and the Pottsville-Mooball Rd intersection is being changed to give priority to Cudgera Creek Rd.
Flooding of the road has also been an issue and the 1.8km stretch will be built up to limit flooding. the improved road surface will mean traffic can travel its entire length at 80km/h.
The project has been awarded to Tweed Heads company Ridge Consolidated Pty Ltd.
The upgrade funding has come from the state and federal governments under the 10-year $2.2 billion Pacific Highway Upgrading Program. After the project is complete, the road will be handed over to the Tweed Shire Council.
The council's works manager, Bob Missingham, said the RTA had until 2007 to finish the works as part of the conditions of approval for the construction of the Pacific Highway.
He said the project was welcome because council had seen traffic usage on the road increase and yet there had been no extra funds for maintenance.