Have a say on Sexton upgrade

THE Road and Transport Authority will host two community workshops this weekend to discuss planned upgrades to Sexton Hill.

The workshops are open to anyone wishing to comment on plans to design and build a 2.5km dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway at Banora Point, from Barneys Point Bridge to the Tweed Heads bypass.

The RTA will form an alliance with Abigroup, Seymour Whyte Constructions and SMEC for the road.

The upgrade to the $300 million Sexton Hill project began this month.

“Preliminary work already completed includes some property acquisition and vegetation removal,” an RTA spokesman said.

“The RTA and Tweed Shire Council have jointly developed a plan to progressively implement improvements to the road network in the Tweed Heads area.

“The Lower Tweed and Pacific Highway Traffic Master Plan considers the long-term needs of this region in terms of both the highway and local road network.”

A Business Focus Group was formed between Tweed Heads South businesses last month and called for the immediate construction of a Kirkwood Road highway interchange.

But the RTA spokesman yesterday said that would not be done.

“The proposed implementation of the master plan will be staged, and in accordance with the plan the Kirkwood Road extension, ramps and the western local access road to Kennedy Drive would not be built before to 2015,” he said.

“The plan focuses on the best possible traffic flow for the Banora Point upgrade, Kirkwood Road extension and its connection to the Tweed Heads bypass and Kennedy Drive as well as the influence of the Tugun bypass project.”

THE workshops will be held this Saturday, November 14, at Club Banora, Leisure Drive, Banora Point, at 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm DST. To register your interest for either session please call 1800 012611 (toll free) or email Graham.Bottomley@Abigroup.com.au.

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