Byron bypass bypassed
The best opportunity for this was ignored by both the Byron Shire Council and the RTA when the route for the T2E was politically chosen. A bypass was possible if the Route D option had been chosen; all that would have been required was an intersection at the Broken Head Road/Midgen Flat Road at Suffolk Park. Had this been designed in the T2E Pacific Highway it would have given residents and coastal visitors a like a five-minute journey to Ewingsdale from Suffolk Park and all for a relative low incremental cost.
It all goes to show that the NIMBY behaviour of a few has cost the many. Plus those 86 homes that have had to be acquired on the approved route verses the 16 properties on Route Option D.
A wise former statesman once said, ‘evil persists if good men do nothing,’ or in this case poor planning exists if good politicians do nothing.
Your readers should not be hoodwinked by the spin that the RTA has put out there and will continue to do so to justify the poor quality of bureaucracy we have.