Preferred highway route set



for release mid-year: RTATHE Clarence Valley can expect a decision on the preferred route of the Pacific Highway upgrade by the middle of this year, an RTA spokesman said.

The valley, however, should not be overly confident, as the RTA has broken similar promises. Early last year the RTA said preferred route options would be known by mid-2005. They were not released until October.

The RTA spokesman, commenting on the latest pending decision, said a route option would not be chosen until ex- tensive investigation was carried out.

"For a preferred route to be selected, a short list of route options is put on public display and the stakeholders and community are invited to comment," he said.

"All feedback is then considered, along with the outcomes of further field and technical investigations, which may need to be undertaken in response to the display of route options."

The spokesman said residents would have further opportunity to comment before a preferred route was selected.

"A value-management workshop held with participants from the community, government and technical areas will be held, where analysis of the comments and issues raised at the workshop is undertaken," he said.

"Based on a review of all of the information collected from the community, from technical and field investigations and from the value-management study process, a preferred route is selected and displayed for public comment."

? ADRIAN MILLER.



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