Hundreds attend opening of new highway
FOR once you had to feel sorry for the Queenslanders. Those Sunshine-staters, hoping for a quick trip home after a weekend in Byron Bay, were disappointed yesterday.
Instead they had to wait patiently as celebrations marking the opening of the Brunswick Heads to Yelgun stretch of the Pacific Highway caused traffic to come to a standstill.
The $256 million project will take its first vehicles on Wednesday, completing a continuous four-lane highway for more than 60km south from the Queensland border.
Federal Roads Minister Jim Lloyd officially opened the highway, at the same time naming the new Brunswick River bridge in honour of local pioneer Matthew Devine and the local indigenous people.
Responding to interjections on greenhouse gases, Mr Lloyd said increased traffic flow would reduce emissions and make the road safer.