Highway group backs down on tunnel

OLD issues like the Sexton Hill tunnel will be forgotten when the Community Highway Group gets a chance to air its concerns about the proposed Banora Point Upgrade when it meets with NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley next month.

Community Highway Group (CHG) member Rod Bates said the organisation, which had been pushing for a tunnel to calm the Sexton Hill black spot, was focussed on achieving the best outcome for the Tweed.

“We are not going down to meet with the minister to stop or slow down the construction of the upgrade, we just want the new road to the best outcome for the people of the Tweed.

“We don't want to go down and talk about the old issues because time has passed for that.

“Our main concerns are the engineering of the southern interchange and the hydrology, or the possible affects on localised flooding from the upgrade.

“We will also be asking for a senior engineer from the RTA to come to visit the Tweed because it would be a lot easier for the RTA to appreciate the issues if they see what it is like on the ground.”

The environmental assessment for the $310 million, 2.5km six-lane upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Barneys Point Bridge to the southern end of the Tweed Heads Bypass was announced by Mr Daley and Richmond MP Justine Elliot last month.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the meeting would be held in Mr Daley's office on May 7.

Animated fly-overs of the design are available at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific.



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