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Questions around the use of outdated traffic studies by Council and developers to plan the future of Byron Shire remain unanswered, says a local civil engineer.
Geoff Martin, Newrybar. I wonder if the motorists that use the old Pacific Highway (now renamed Hinterland Way) on a day to day basis are aware that there is a group of people intending to lobby the council to have the speed limit reduced from 80 kph to 50- 60kph once the RMS hands it over to the council.
Fabulous, stylish, confident, middle-class and middle-aged, Bangalow is gone. Removed not by a cyclone, a bushfire or an act of god, but by an act of the RTA. You see, driving south there is no exit for Bangalow.
Traffic gridlock and general motorist confusion came last Friday with the official opening of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway. And traffic disruption associated with ongoing tunnel work is expected to continue until Easter.
Update: Ballina MP Tamara Smith says she has 'received assurances' from RMS GM Bob Higgins ' the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway is 'on target to open by Christmas', though parts of the road look anything but ready.
Festival-goers again faced significant queues getting off the Pacific Highway and into the Bluesfest site this year. But the worst of the traffic trouble was, and continues to be, on the Pacific Highway, where two lanes have been reduced to one coming down St Helena and at the Ewingsdale on-ramp.
Tony Gilding, Knockrow. A clear and oft stated goal of the NSW government. is to develop the growing Queensland visitor numbers to our area but sadly the just released for comment signage plan for the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade does not assist in this goal.
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