More traffic inconvenience coming

NEARING the fifth anniversary of a much-used Byron Bay walkway being swept away – with no repairs in sight – motorists were yesterday warned of more inconvenience to come on the other side of town.

Work on a roundabout at the entrance to the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Centre on Ewingsdale Road is due to begin next week.

It is tipped to last a comparatively brief 14 weeks.

Motorists may experience some delays during this time, but traffic controllers would be on hand to assist with traffic flow, the council’s executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said.

Flashing traffic signage will be also in place to alert motorists of the construction work on the $1.13 million roundabout.

Mr Holloway said the roundabout work, to be undertaken by local firm Brunswick Quarries, was part of the $16.8 million BRSCC construction program.

Despite recent bad weather the project was ‘on time and on budget’, Mr Holloway said.

Meanwhile, motorists and pedestrians may see a glimmer of hope in the council’s proposal this week to call for tenders for work on the Lighthouse Road walkway.

The walkway was washed out in storms on June 30 five years ago and has been unusable since.

Walkers have had to go out on to the road and motorists are down to a single lane, controlled by a traffic light.

On the positive side, Goonengerry Road, closed since torrential rains caused a landslide on June 2, will be open again on Thursday.

Mr Holloway said no commencement date for repairs had been set.

The council was waiting on final design and funding approval for the work, he said.

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