The bridge over troubled waters

A POSSIBLE new road through vacant industrial-zoned land at West Tweed Heads and across the Cobaki Broadwater could take more than 15% of traffic off Kennedy Dr, according to re-elected Tweed MP Geoff Provest.

Mr Provest yesterday hit the road back into government yesterday announcing one of the first things he would do would be to ask the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority to investigate the potential of the new road.

Mr Provest said he envisaged a road which would join the Pacific Highway near the site of the old Tweed Heads drive-in cinema and the Boyd's Bay Nursery then cross through vacant industrial-zoned land to the west.

It would also cross a narrow stretch of the Cobaki Broadwater to link up with Piggabeen Rd.

“That would allow traffic to head north on the highway or head back south,” Mr Provest said.

“I've had traffic people informally tell me more than 15% of traffic along Kennedy Dr heads north on the highway.

“That would take 15% or higher off Kennedy Dr.”

Mr Provest said he would request the money for a study and ask the RTA to investigate it.

“They are the resident experts.

"Let's get it on the table and get something happening.

“Technically you can't make Kennedy Dr any wider.

“We have got to do something because Kennedy Dr is a nightmare.”

Mr Provest said he would raise the issue at the next meeting of Tweed Shire Council's local traffic committee which includes RTA representatives.

An earlier proposal for a new bridge across Lakes Dr, near Seagulls Leagues Club, has been shelved after years of opposition from local residents.

In June last year Tweed Shire councillors were warned, by planning staff, not to reconsider proposals for the bridge across the Terranora Inlet because it would cost too much and infuriate a large section of the community.

The warning followed a call by councillors for a report on the possibility of reinvestigating plans for the Lakes Drive Bridge which were shelved in 1999 after community opposition.

When the report was presented it warned the bridge would cost more than $30 million, would be unaffordable and would reignite environmental and community opposition which had been triggered more than 10 years before.

Cr Kevin Skinner had led calls for the report on the bridge, which was seen as a way of taking traffic pressure off Kennedy Dr and redirecting it along Kirkwood Rd to Tweed Heads South.

In the report, planners at the time warned that costs for several other major road programs in the Tweed were expected to double leaving no funds for the $30 million-plus project.

The bridge would have linked Lakes Dr to the western end of Kirkwood Rd, Fraser Dr and Dry Dock Rd providing an alternative to Kennedy Dr.

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