The petition is calling on the Minister for Roads to reconsider the Bangalow interchange that is planned as part of the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Pacific Highway upgrade.
Mr Page said the petitioners have raised several issues for the Minister to consider. These include that the proposal would:
- Contravene the RTA’s highway design guidelines since the proposed interchange is some 5km from the Ewingsdale Interchange, whereas RTA guidelines require 10km separation;
- Require a floodlit roundabout at the same level as the existing highway, visible to most of Bangalow’s residents night and day;
- Increase air and noise pollution across Bangalow due to the increased traffic movements caused by traffic entering and exiting the upgraded highway;
- Encourage heavy vehicles from Lismore to travel through Bangalow to access the upgraded highway travelling south, thereby reducing road safety;
- Require all traffic, including heavy vehicles, entering or exiting the proposed roundabout at Bangalow to negotiate a series of tight bends, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
“I generally agree with the petitioners’ concerns and note that the proposed Bangalow ‘half-interchange’ really just duplicates what already exists,” Mr Page said.
“The half-interchange seems to be a waste of money which achieves very little and reduces the amenity of people in Bangalow.
“It is an impressive number of signatures and I call on the Minister to respond to such a large number of people.
“I certainly believe it requires an urgent review by the Minister and the RTA.”