LONG HAUL: Long-time resident of Kennedy Drive Kevin Roberts has watched the road grow from the narrow bitumen road it was 61 years ago to the traffic congested road it is today.
LONG HAUL: Long-time resident of Kennedy Drive Kevin Roberts has watched the road grow from the narrow bitumen road it was 61 years ago to the traffic congested road it is today.

Kennedy Dr causing headaches

FOR the past 61 years Kevin Roberts has watched Kennedy Dr expand from the narrow bitumen road known as Cobaki Rd.

But it hasn’t always been a good view according to the Kennedy Dr resident, who recommends drivers completely avoid the road from 8am until 10am DST.

“I used to ride my pushbike to the shops but the traffic just got too bad,” Mr Roberts said.

“Fifty years ago you could run in the middle of the road at 8am and no traffic would hit you but you couldn’t do that now.”

In December last year, NRMA put out a survey to its members and the New South Wales community to red flag their most frustrating roads with Kennedy Dr named the third most red flagged road in NSW’s Mid/North Coast.

The heavy traffic along Kennedy Dr is also preventing a planned housing development that would see the old Royal Terranora Resort turned into a housing estate.

The proposed development would include 40 townhouses, 31 houses and the redevelopment of 48 existing tourists units into apartments with an additional 142 units proposed to be built.

Tweed Shire councillors voted about two weeks ago to restrict development until alternative roads to Kennedy Dr, including the planned Cobaki Parkway, are built around 2018.

“The additional traffic assessment does not provide sufficient quantifiable evidence that the traffic generation will not impact on the capacity of Kennedy Dr,” council staff said in a planning report.

“The proposal as presented may create traffic impacts unacceptable in advance of the dedication and construction of Cobaki Parkway, the new bridge over Cobaki Creek and the Scenic Dr Deviation.”

Engineering staff have indicated Cobaki Parkway is forecast to occur in around seven years.

“However this is just the first step in completing a Kennedy Drive Bypass and the remaining works could take many more years.”



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