Interchange options for Bangalow
A NEW set of options for an alternative to the Bangalow interchange on the Tintenbar-to-Ewingsdale upgrade of the Pacific Hwy has been announced.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Ballina MP and Minister for the North Coast Don Page unveiled the options at the site of the highway upgrade at Bangalow yesterday.
The new options come after Bangalow residents rejected a major interchange from the highway to the town.
A working party representing the Bangalow community and Roads and Maritime Services was formed to develop the alternate concepts.
Rex Harris represented Bangalow business owners on the working party.
He thanked Mr Gay for the Government's change in attitude.
"The working party was a great experience," Mr Harris said.
"After seven years of personal frustration regarding the upgrade, the new team were true to their word to the community and began a consultation process.
"Roads and Maritime Services were really out to service the community and not be an authority over the community."
Mr Harris believes option three offers the best outcome for Bangalow.
Mr Page said the consultation process was a great example of how government could work.
"We gave a commitment at the last election that we would consult with the community to review the options," he said.
"The research done by the working party has resulted in three short-listed options for the community to consider.
"The three options have no direct access from the upgraded highway to Bangalow while still meeting the incident management requirements for the St Helena tunnel, which will be built as part of the upgrade."
The short-listed alternative options to the Bangalow interchange are available to view online at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/pacific.
They will also be on display on posters at various locations around Bangalow and residents will receive printed information in their letterboxes.
Information is also available from the project's toll-free information line, 1800 882 787.
Comments and feedback will be accepted until close of business on Friday, February 10.
Work to build the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade will start in the first half of next year, weather permitting.
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