Geoff Provest and Barry Longland opening the Kirkwood Rd upgrade.
Geoff Provest and Barry Longland opening the Kirkwood Rd upgrade. Nolan Verheij-full

Kirkwood Rd extension opens, Kennedy Dr next on to-do list

TWEED residents should benefit from fewer traffic snarls after the opening of the Kirkwood Rd extension and partial interchange this afternoon, say Mayor Barry Longland and State MP Geoff Provest.

South Tweed businesses should also benefit from customers and delivery trucks being able to access their stores easier.

The pair officially opened the $17 million project at an on-site ceremony this morning with the first cars scheduled to travel on the interchange after the finishing touches are completed this afternoon.

Banora Point and District Residents Association secretary Pat Tate said the project would ease some of the congestion.

"It will have a big impact but not as big as if we had the full interchange. That has been our aim all along," Ms Tate said.

The project includes new on and off ramps for southbound traffic on the Pacific Hwy

Such projects are normally funded solely by the State Government, but in this case council contributed $10 million and the State Government the balance.

Cr Longland said it was the business community advocating for the project that had made it a priority.

"We have taken over the last couple of years some serious heat over the state of Kennedy Dr but the reason we haven't been able to do that is because we built this," he said.

The council's primary road infrastructure project would now be the much maligned Kennedy Dr, he said.

A look back at the interchange being built:



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