Opinion: New bit of the highway not really fully functional
ALTHOUGH the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar section of the Pacific Hwy was opened a few weeks ago, I am yet to travel on it.
In fact, in a week off, I did my best to avoid it due to lots of reports of long delays and confusion about where to get on and off it.
It seems in the rush to get it open for Christmas, not all of the highway was finished. Signs seem to be lacking and all of the off ramps are not fully functioning.
Patience is a virtue, so perhaps I will delay my trip through the tunnel under St Helena until later in the summer.
I can tell you that the old Pacific Hwy (now known as the Hinterland Way, I believe) is more like a ghost road.
Turning on to it from Newrybar the other day I thought I was going the wrong way because there were just no cars to be seen in either direction.
Picking up someone from opposite the Macadamia Castle was a breeze compared with earlier this month when it was a life-risking exercise trying to prevent B-Double trucks from ramming into you.
Despite the highway's shortcomings and plenty of talk about sharks during this year, it doesn't seem to have impacted on tourism numbers.
Brunswick Heads was teeming with people on Boxing Day and I've never seen so many people in Bangalow as I did on Sunday when the markets were operating.
Of course this is all anecdotal and based on my own observations, but let's hope this busy end to 2015 will super charge us all for a big 2016.