Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mark Butler looks out over the Pacific Highway yesterday.
Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mark Butler looks out over the Pacific Highway yesterday.

Getting a say on the highway

By EMMA CORNFORD

A SURVEY for Grafton businesses will be prepared by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the next week to record their concerns about a Pacific Highway upgrade from Wells Crossing to Harwood.

The survey is in response to a meeting held between chamber members and representatives of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) recently.

Chamber president Mark Butler said the meeting was 'very informative'.

"Basically it was for chamber members to find out the effects of the highway on businesses in the area," he said.

"A few questions did come out, and a few members thought the route had already been finalised by the RTA, which it hasn't."

Mr Butler said one of the major concerns for businesses was the distance people would have to travel to get into Grafton if a tentative route went ahead.

"The other concern that came out is what will happen to the section of the highway which is bypassed and what condition it will be left in once it is no longer part of the Pacific Highway.

"Obviously there were also concerns about the amount of traffic, the interchange itself and in which direction it will point traffic."

The survey, which will be made available for all Grafton businesses, will form part of the collaborative process between the RTA and local businesses.

"We've got to look at the best outcomes for everybody and look at the positives and the negatives ... and this is all part of it."



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