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January 28, 2021

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I see installation of traffic lights on the western roundabout of the Ewingsdale interchange progresses apace. A little odd, don’t you think, that the Shire’s first traffic lights are on a roundabout which is intended for free-flowing traffic? 

The lights will give precedence to exiting southbound M1 traffic to address the safety of stopped traffic on the motorway. It seems likely that this will result in queues on Hinterland Way and Myocum Rd, and perhaps even exiting northbound M1 traffic. Of course, the exiting southbound traffic will still join the queue that inches its way into the centre of Byron – a journey that has taken up to an hour in recent times. The much vaunted bypass will only help once the traffic reaches the Shirley St roundabout.

Mother Nature has assisted by disabling the major Byron attraction – the beach. That should make the traffic more manageable!


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