Nice road, but it?s in wrong spot


THERE was a mixed response in the Brunswick Valley yesterday to the release of the RTA's display model of the Brunswick-Yelgun Pacific Highway upgrade.

"It's terrific," said the Ocean Shores Community Association's traffic spokesman, Jim Mangleson. "Pity it's in the wrong spot."

Although Mr Mangleson's barb referred to the dispute between Ocean Shores people and the RTA over the preferred route for the highway, Mr Mangleson said he was impressed with the new road.

However, he said, the people of Brunswick Heads 'might be in for a shock' when they realised they could not directly access the new main road at the northern edge of town.

"They'll wish they'd taken a bit more notice of the process when they realise they can't get on and off the (northbound) highway until Yelgun," he said.

Mr Mangleson also has serious reservations about the cement retaining walls separating the new highway from the current one, which would become a local road once the new one was opened.

"That is the most slip-prone area on the entire Pacific Highway," he said. "Also, if cars veer off the top road (the local road) they'll topple down onto the new one."

The RTA did not respond to Mr Mangleson's concerns.

Although work on the Brunswick-Yelgun Pacific Highway upgrade was due to begin this year, and the RTA's website still claims this to be the case, it is understood construction will begin next year.

The 8.6km dual carriageway, which includes a new bridge over the Brunswick River and walkway and cycleway 'facilities', is due to be finished in 2007.

The model is on display until February in Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby.

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