Clarence Way remains a concern



OPPOSITION is mounting to an RTA move aimed at downgrading the Clarence Way from a regional road to a local road.

At the centre of concern is that the re-classification of the Upper Clarence Valley artery will mean ratepayers will have to foot the bill for all future maintenance work.

The RTA's plan is to declas- sify the Clarence Way and make the Coaldale Road a regional road.

The Clarence Way goes from Mountainview, north of Grafton, to Tabulam, where it meets the Bruxner Highway.

Council says the move could mean up to $400,000 in grants would be lost and that costs to eventually replace the seven re- maining timber bridges on the Clarence Way would have to be met by Clarence Valley ratepayers rather than the State.

Mayor Ian Tiley said the move would be seen by many as further evidence that the NSW Government was shifting costs from the state to local government.



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