New roundabout, lower speed limit for dangerous intersection
A ROUNDABOUT will be built at the junction of Byron Bay Rd and Ross Ln, north of Lennox Head, as part of Black Spot funding for roads in NSW.
The Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Darren Chester, made the announcement at the busy junction, which is part of $4.8m funding for roads in the electorate of Richmond and $55.1m for the whole state.
As well as the two-lane roundabout, the speed limit at the junction, which has seen one fatality and seven injuries in the past five years, will be reduced to 80km/h.
Mr Chester said the $1.96m investment in that section of the road will "save lives".
He said the revamped intersection would not impact on productivity as it would not create congestion for those who use the road which links Ballina and Byron Bay
Work is set to start on the roundabout towards the end of the year, and it will be completed next year.
Other black spot funding will see a single-lane roundabout built at the intersection of Ewingsdale Rd and Sunset Boulevard at Byron Bay ($1.99m); as well as works to improve safety at the intersection of Tweed Valley Way and Riverside Dr, Tumbulgum and work on the alignment of a curve on Clothiers Creek Rd, 500m west of the Pacific Highway, at Clothiers Creek.
The Minister was flanked by the Nationals' candidate for the Federal seat of Richmond, Matthew Fraser, considering the country is now in what has been described by commentators as the "faux" election campaign since an election date hasn't been set.
Mr Fraser has described himself as the "underdog" in the seat held by Labor's Justine Elliot.