Tony Hart with 3 options for the Bangalow Interchange.
Tony Hart with 3 options for the Bangalow Interchange. Blainey Woodham

Interchange could go three ways

PLANS for the Bangalow interchange highway upgrade have been years in the making but the end may be near.

In 2011, residents rejected the Roads and Maritime Services' original proposal and the State Government then released three new options for people to choose from.

Bangalow Working Party supported option three but vice-president of Bangalow Progress Association Tony Hart has worked closely with the State Government and local community on the project and said most residents were leaning towards option two.

"People felt that option three had some difficulties," Mr Hart said. "While the new roundabout (in option three) would have some advantages, like slowing down traffic coming to Byron Bay and people living in Clover Hill could take the main highway, there's still a real danger of people coming from Lismore and shooting down the main street."

All options would provide access north and south via the Old Pacific Hwy but option two would have the least social and environmental impacts, Mr Hart said.

"The new highway would go straight past Bangalow, which means no roundabout and no noise. There would be temporary crossovers when you had an accident," he said.

However, Mr Hart said Clover Hill would get noise pollution from option two.

"You don't get the sound mound (in option two) that you would with option three. We fought very strongly for that in the original proposal. People will have to trade these things off," he said.

The three plans will be displayed at Bangalow A&I Hall on Thursday night, February 2, and Saturday, February 4. Mr Hart said he couldn't predict which option Bangalow would choose.

"Option three has some supporters. Option two is very low key. But it may well be that the community chooses the original plans," he said.

If the community wants any changes to the plans, Mr Hart said the State Government would pay for them.



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