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Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale

Those who believe the Byron bypass will relieve Byron’s traffic problems can, I believe, abandon all hope.

Those who have been in Byron for a few years will remember the terrible back-ups on Ewingsdale Road, stretching as far as BP Ozigo and further. Then Cr Rose Wanchap got the idea of creating two lanes into town, one lane on the left channeling cars to turn left at the main roundabout, the other for going straight ahead into Lawson or, right into Jonson. Rather surprisingly, this relieved the traffic congestion a great deal.

The new bypass eliminates that solution. Everyone who wants to go into town now must use a single lane, the left lane. The right lane has an arrow – straight ahead for those who wish to use the bypass, and a right arrow, which apparently points the way to the police station lawn.

So the bypass roundabout will, I think, become the new bottleneck. In addition, people using the bypass will of course cut off anyone trying to leave town, so we can look forward to much greater congestion in town on Jonson St and Lawson St.

That’s my prediction anyway. Let’s hope I’m wrong.


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1 COMMENT

  1. A good observation Charles. The bypass will only create problems and do little in the way of a solution. I’m not sure why people are so excited about it. The only way to ease traffic congestion will be to spend hundreds of millions on a full duplication of Ewingsdale road. Or, just stop the cars coming into town in the first place!

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