South Tweed's traffic hell
SOUTH Tweed is set for at least two years of traffic hell during the Sexton Hill upgrade while the RTA and Tweed Shire Council try and agree on how the Pacific Highway will work in the future.
With construction set to start on the two-year, $300 million Sexton Hill upgrade next month, South Tweed Business owners fear the congestion it will cause will turn customers away in droves.
A business focus group has called for a Kirkwood Road highway interchange to be built before work starts on Sexton Hill.
“Our position is we want access through Kirkwood Road before they start building anything at the other end,” group committee member Idwall Richards said yesterday.
“That would alleviate hardship for a lot of small businesses.”
Tweed Shire Council director of engineering and operations, Patrick Knigh, said the Kirkwood Road interchange was already a high-priority work and council officers were 'on the job'.
Mr Knight said the interchange was scheduled for completion in 2012 or 2013, but the council was waiting for the RTA to decide the footprint of the future six-lane Tweed Heads bypass before planning could start.