Pleas for Coast Road alternative
By MARY MANN
CAR horns blaring, brakes screeching and dozens of near-misses have come to characterise The Coast Road between Ballina and Lennox Head.
And locals want a new road to fix the problem. The Lennox Head Residents' Association is continuing its push for an alternative road to be constructed between the two coastal towns.
President Brian Smith said locals were particularly concerned about the congestion around the Skennars Head Road and Headlands Drive intersections.
"It will only get worse as the population increases," Mr Smith said.
"We've been pushing for this for about the past six years, writing to council and so forth.
"There is a need for it shown in council's strategic plan for Lennox Head but we want to see some action."
Mr Smith said the Association had been discussing the possibility of a new road starting from the Meadows Estate in the Lennox headlands, through the western side of the Pacific Pines Estate, and over North Creek Road to join up with Angels Beach Drive near Chickiba Lake at East Ballina.
He said giving motorists an alternative route would take the pressure off The Coast Road and the intersections.
Arthur Bateman, president of the residents' committee at Ballina Headland Leisure Park, said traffic was often banked up along Skennars Head Road for about 300 metres, waiting to merge onto The Coast Road.
He said merging into the 100km/h traffic, up a hill, was a difficult and dangerous task, particularly for those towing caravans.
"This really needs to be fixed," Mr Bateman said. Ballina Council's civil services group manager John Truman said the need and timing of new roads and intersections in the shire were being looked at in council's strategic road network plan.
The plan is being reviewed and is expected to be presented to council in September.