The proposal of Ballina Shire Council to convert River & Kerr Streets and Tamarind Drive into 4 lanes of traffic and construct 2 extra bridges over Fishery Creek and the Canal will only lead to major traffic disruption. It is planned to add more sets of traffic-lights along East and West of River Street and traffic disruption of local traffic with an estimated time to complete of at least 5 years and way in excess of the original 2015-year budget.
This will increase travel time and not relieve the current traffic congestion for vehicles travelling to and from north and south of Ballina with destinations to the Industrial area, Airport and Cumbalum/Ballina Heights until 2036 with the Arterial Bypass.
An immediate relief to this problem is to upgrade an existing service road between the Bruxner/Pacific Highway roundabout to the intersection of Tamarind Drive and Flathead Lane. (This unlisted no longer used road was built by the RMS as a service road for the construction of the Pacific Highway M1)
This road could be upgraded with a modest budget, without disruption and within far less time than the River Street construction and at the very least it should be prepared for emergency vehicles should Fishery Creek or Canal bridges become obstructed.
We request you to URGENTLY contact your Councillors of this Shire (the decision makers) to support the Western Bypass before the River Street proposal. This bypass will relieve the current problem much earlier until the Western Arterial Road planned for construction in 2036, without the exorbitant cost and serious disruption.
Dennis MAGNAY Chairman Western Bypass Sub-Committee of. Ballina Shire Ratepayers Association.