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A solution to traffic problems at the Clifford Street/Broken Head Road intersection, at Suffolk Park, could still be four years away, according to Byron Shire Council. Photo Google Maps
A solution to traffic problems at the Clifford Street/Broken Head Road intersection, at Suffolk Park, could still be four years away, according to Byron Shire Council. Photo Google Maps

Suffolk Park shoppers will have to put up with traffic congestion for quite a bit longer after a Byron Shire Council plan to install traffic lights at the busy Clifford Street/Broken Head Road intersection was knocked on the head by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

This leaves a single lane roundabout as the only solution for managing the T-intersection.

Council GM Ken Gainger said the traffic light option was canned as it ‘does not meet RMS’ mandatory traffic safety criteria’.

But despite being the only option left, the roundabout solution is no easy fix – and it could be four years before it is in place.

Mr Gainger said that it would require three parcels of land to be acquired from three different landowners before it can proceed.

‘Indications are that those land acquisitions may need to go through a compulsory acquisition process that would take up to two years to finalise. Added to this, the intersection does not meet ‘Black Spot’ program funding criteria, so it is likely that the estimated cost of around $2 million will have to be wholly funded by the council.

‘Available council funding for traffic management and road works is very tight,’ Mr Gainger said, ‘and it is likely that this project will have to compete for funds with other high level council road works priorities’.

According to Mr Gainger some proposed ‘traffic calming measures’ around the intersection that have been suggested by the Suffolk Park Progress Association could be used as a ‘short term option’ of around four years.

Mr Gainger said council appreciated ‘the feedback and advice that it has received from the Suffolk Park community on this project which has added value to this process’.

‘We will continue this dialogue as we work towards a permanent solution to the traffic management issues at this intersection,’ he said.

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  1. Being a previous resident of Suffy twice, a roundabout is better than nothing. So would one be at Ozigo section of I & A entrance. Why it will take so long is a mystery when the ones at the new hospital and Bunnings didn’t. Both were not as urgent as the others.
    I will never understand this nonsense of keeping the two most dangerous intersections without a solution! While you are at it what about another way in and out of Suffy. If, lets say a tidal wave emergency were to happen, can you imagine the caos that would ensure at the Clifford St entrance?
    Glad l am not living there anymore!


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