Residents voice highway safety concerns

By STEPHANIE FORESTER

YELGUN residents fear the RTA has sacrificed safety for convenience in re-siting a controversial truckstop.

With work due to begin on the upgraded Pacific Highway early next year, Middle Pocket-Yelgun Progress Association president Tony Stupka said the RTA was putting local lives at risk by funnelling fully-laden trucks onto the service road that would run beside the upgraded highway.

Mr Stupka said that Yelgun residents had welcomed the RTA's decision to extend the service road from Yelgun to Brunswick Heads, but they were horrified that trucks would also use the road.

"The service road will be a vital artery for Yelgun, Billinudgel and Brunswick Heads," he said.

"We had no idea the RTA would put the B-doubles on that road as well."

Mr Stupka said the noise from RTA truckstops on either side of the Pacific Highway at Sleepy Hollow was a nightmare for residents.

He said he understood the need for the truckstop at Yelgun, and could live with the RTA's preferred site, nestled into a hill between Billinudgel and Yelgun.

However, he said it was unacceptable for trucks and caravans to be on a road used by local traffic, including school buses.

The RTA was not available for comment last night.

Meanwhile, Federal and State roads ministers Jim Lloyd and Carl Scully announced that Abigroup Contractors had been awarded the contract for the upgrade.



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