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 3 years and way in excess of $22m in the 2015-year budget.
This will 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 now or into the future until 2036 with the Arterial Bypass.
The best solution to this problem is to upgrade an existing service road used by the RMS during the construction of the Pacific Highway (M1) between the Bruxner/Pacific Highway roundabout to the intersection of Tamarind Drive and Flathead Lane. Such a route to bypass Ballina Island will carry the traffic presently and into the future unclogging current roads to the areas mentioned. This road could be upgraded with a modest budget, without disruption and within far less time than the River Street construction.
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.