Locals faced delays of over an hour driving into Byron Bay this morning after Byron Council decided to cut down vines that had been creeping up the infamous disco dong sculpture in the middle of the morning peak.
Traffic was reportedly banked back to Tyagarah on the southern trip into town due to the weeding work, which required the lane immediately adjacent to the Bayshore Drive roundabout to be closed for safety reasons.
This, combined with the heavy morning peak and wet weather caused major delays for drivers.
In a statement released this afternoon Byron Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway apologised for the inconvenience caused to motorists.
‘We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this morning,’ Mr Holloway said.
‘It’s very frustrating to be caught in traffic when you are trying to get to work or get the kids to school on time.’
‘This work should not have been done at peak hour and future work like this will be scheduled at a time of day that is generally quieter.’ Mr Holloway said.
Local resident Roma Boulton said she experienced a significant delay on Hinterland Way.
‘I was driving back from Lismore and coming up to the speed camera next to the St Helena tunnel at about 9.15 the traffic went from 60 [km/h] to 40 to 30 and I thought “wow, people are being really careful with the speed camera today,” then it just completely stopped,’ Mr Boulton said.
‘I just sat there for about half an hour wondering what was going on.’
‘When I eventually got down to the roundabout [at the start of Ewingsdale Road] it was chaos – banked back in all directions. It was all a bit scary actually.’