Kirkwood Rd work drives ahead

TWEED'S Kirkwood Rd project has reached a number of milestones and although work was interrupted by bad weather from April through to July, construction is well underway.

A number of project goals including the haul road and wick drains have been completed while sewerage and effluent service relocations have been finalised.

The council which together with NSW Roads and Maritime Services (formerly known as RTA) is responsible for construction, aimed to finish the work at the end of 2012, however, recent delays meant the project is now due to be finished in mid-June 2013.

Once completed the project's aims include catering for the predicted population growth in Tweed Heads, providing another access to the Pacific Hwy and providing alternative access to the Tweed Heads South business precinct.

The $34.5 million project, which will provide a more efficient road network in the Tweed and relieve pressure from Minjungbal Dr, was funded through a shared arrangement with the RMS reducing the cost to the council to $25.79 million.

The Kirkwood Rd project is part of a 2006 Lower Tweed and Pacific Hwy Road Network Master Plan which covers the Pacific Hwy and connecting arterial roads between Barneys Point Bridge and the Queensland border.

Other planned upgrades and improvements include a Terranora Eastern service road and the widening of the Tweed Heads bypass to six lanes which are both planned to be constructed between 2025 and 2030.



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