Janelle, care for a bypass bossa nova?
ALSTONVILLE man Bob Wilson is practising his dance moves.
Last year, Mr Wilson, co-ordinator of the Alstonville Bypass Action Group, promised Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin he would dance with her in the village's main street if the bypass went ahead.
Now, after 18 years of campaigning and with tenders about to be called, Mr Wilson's toes are tapping.
“At times we were disillusioned, but we had faith we would win in the end,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson is not the only one excited about the improved safety the bypass will bring to Alstonville.
Duck Creek Mountain Auto Port service station owner Sharyon Slade said her customers had struggled for years to safely get in and out of her business, which sits beside the busy Bruxner Highway.
“During school pick-up times the traffic is bumper-to-bumper on the highway and customers have said it is too hard to get in and out of the service station,” she said.
Mr Wilson said about 26,000 cars and trucks a day passed through the heart of Alstonville and he was surprised there had been no deaths as vehicles and pedestrians tried to navigate the busy road.
Alstonville Newsagency owner Chris Paesler said that he had seen B-double trucks turning corners on the wrong side of the road and had witnessed many minor accidents.
“People have been waiting 30 years for the bypass. We'll believe it when we see it,” he said.
The Federal Government said this week work on the bypass would begin early next year. A map of the bypass route is in the window of Wal Murray Real Estate in Alstonville.