RTA?s western option for highway slammed



RESIDENTS say the Roads and Traffic Authority's western option to upgrade the Pacific Highway will act like agent orange, obliterating everything of significance in its path.

Option A ? or the orange route ? is the most western of the RTA's short-listed options.

It is predominantly a new motorway adjacent to the existing highway alignment, with an easterly deviation between Bom Bom State Forest and Swan Creek. The option also involves bypasses of Grafton, Ulmarra and Tyndale.

More than 80 concerned citizens recently attended a second community meeting at the Swan Creek Hall to discuss the effects of the western route.

Ulmarra resident Des Avery said the latest meeting put forward a broad range of concerns from residents who were extremely anxious about the long-term effects of the 'orange route option'.

"'Agent orange' will wipe out everything of significance from the once renowned Clarence Valley stretching from Four Mile Lane to Harwood Island," he said.

"The identity of small river townships along the Clarence River will be majorly effected by the development of this route. This in turn will affect the area as a tourist destination."

A third meeting to discuss the orange route will go ahead on May 14 at Brushgrove Hall.

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