Addressing traffic woes
CLARENCE Valley Council and the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority have joined forces to address current and future traffic issues and requirements in and around the Pacific Highway entrance to South Grafton.
The move to prepare a traffic study has been prompted by a general increase in traffic levels in the area, caused by higher traffic loads on the highway and by the continued growth of Grafton.
Mayor Ian Tiley said there was a realisation that existing traffic facilities would not be adequate to cope with the traffic demands of the future.
''In recent months, council has received numerous development and rezoning applications for this area, including the recentlyopened Bunnings development, a proposed Homemakers bulky goods retailing centre in Iolanthe Street and future residential subdivision at Clarenza,'' Cr Tiley said.
''These proposals all highlight the need to ensure that the long-term traffic implications for the whole are considered in a co-ordinated manner.''
Cr Tiley said this would provide a sound basis to ensure that the required traffic improvements could be properly planned, funded and built as soon as possible.
''The preparation of the study is therefore a critical step in ensuring the continued commercial growth of Grafton,'' he said.