Controversial Coast Road intersection a matter of urgency

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au 'GETTING it right' was all Alan Brown had on his mind when Ballina councillors debated a controversial intersection on The Coast Road on Thursday.

A council report recently revealed the intersection between The Coast Road, Skennars Head Road and Rocky Point Road was not of an adequate standard.

Cr Brown moved to have changes to the intersection made as a matter of urgency but only after a report has been received from the RTA on a council request to reduce the speed limit at the site.

"We just don't want to sit on our hands and let it go on for too long," he said.

"We've just got to get it right and find a permanent solution.

"It's best we wait until the reports and studies are received, we don't want to do something that could create a danger while trying to fix it."

Road safety at the intersection has been the subject of much community debate in recent months, after the council made some changes to it in a bid to make it safer.

But some locals and councillors say the changes made it more dangerous.

Councillors supported Cr Brown's motion to keep the works already done until the reports from the RTA had been received.

Once the information has gone back to the council, any works required will be carried out as a matter of urgency.

In the meantime, council staff will continue to monitor the performance of the intersection.

Earlier this year, council changed the intersection to redirect traffic and removed a merging lane in a bid to make it safer for drivers leaving Boulder Beach.



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