Bypass works delayed

CONTRARY to promises made by the Roads and Maritime Services, Banora Point residents continue to get stuck in traffic jams at the intersection linking Darlington Dr to the old Pacific Hwy.

The service promised two weeks ago that from August 5 a new northbound off-ramp would allow motorists to access Tweed Heads South and put a halt to the queues on Darlington Dr.

However, motorists expecting a trouble-free and traffic jam-free journey were disappointed when they arrived at the intersection Monday and yesterday only to be stuck once again.

Now RMS's latest release states the new off-ramp would be opened for use during the week of August 5, rather than from August 5 as a media release stated two weeks ago.

During the week, the intersection at Laura and Short Sts will be open to traffic travelling between Sexton Hill Dr (the old Pacific Hwy), East Banora and West Banora.

A set of traffic lights will control the traffic flow and continue to work according to current settings.

From this week onwards, motorists can also expect to get access to the new Pacific Hwy when travelling in a southerly direction following the opening of the right-hand turn from Darlington Dr into Sexton Hill Dr.

Drivers intending to travel from West Banora to East Banora and on Terranora Rd will be able to turn right at the Darlington Dr intersection into Sexton Hill Dr and use the Laura St and Terranora Rd intersections.

Electronic message signs will be updated regularly to advise of any changes to the traffic flow, as well as changes in dates the changes will take effect from.

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