Kirkwood project behind schedule

THE eastern extension of Kirkwood Rd at Tweed Heads is running two months behind schedule, according to council workers.

A council spokesman said the project had suffered from wet weather, statutory time frames on cultural heritage issues and delays receiving reports from consultants.

The project has been estimated to cost approximately $13.5 million, an increase of about $2.5 million on the initial predicted price.

That estimated price has the potential to rise again because of problems with geotechnical stability.

Kirkwood Rd is a two-lane road from Minjungbal Dr to Falcon Wy and continues as an unmade road reserve either side of the Pacific Hwy to Fraser Dr in the west.

The Kirkwood Rd project has been designed to create a more functional road network and another access point to the Pacific Hwy.

It will also provide access to the Tweed Heads South business area,

relieving pressure from Minjungbal Dr, which is nearing capacity.

The project is the first stage of the Pacific Highway Road Network Master Plan designed to deal with population growth in the Tweed area.

The council has planned more meetings for consultation with affected residents this month.

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