Locals hog the highway
By ADRIAN MILLER
A DRAFT NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) study into traffic volumes along the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Harwood could have staggering implications for the upgrade of the motorway.
The study, conducted late last year and made known to the Valley's three Pacific Highway upgrade community liaison groups (CLG), shows that up to 70 per cent of all traffic on the highway between Grafton and Harwood is local.
The results also show that Grafton to Harwood traffic levels averaged 7500 vehicles per day, whereas areas from Woolgoolga to Kew average up to 17,000 per day.
Tucabia CLG member David Pinnells said the study was a bombshell.
"My interpretation of the traffic study draft results is, if a new motorway is built on any other route than the existing alignment, it will only cater for approximately one-third of the total traffic volume," he said.
"Why spend all that money and disrupt all the communities all through here and put something right through the guts of the Clarence Valley...for one-third of the traffic?"