Cracking house not our problem: RTA

THE NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has officially responded to Ulmarra couple Stuart and Marg McPhee's grave concerns that B-doubles on the Pacific Highway are cracking the walls of their home.

An RTA spokesperson said that based on the information available, the authority's assessment was that B-double vehicles using the Pacific Highway had not caused structural damage to properties in Ulmarra.

The spokesperson did not comment on whether the RTA had a compensation policy in such cases.

The McPhees estimated it will cost more than $30,000 to repair the structural damage.

The Examiner also requested a date as to when a decision about the future of the highway would be made public.

The RTA spokesperson said: "The route options for the Pacific Highway upgrade Wells Crossing to Iluka Road are available to view on the RTA website. These route options were on public display until Friday, December 2, 2005, for community comment.

"Community feedback in response to the route options display for the Wells Crossing to Iluka Road project is currently being considered, along with the outcomes of other specialist investigations and project workshops in determining the preferred route for this section of the highway,'' the spokesperson said.

''A decision on a preferred route for this project is expected by mid-2006.

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