Have your say on cycleway proposal
CONSTRUCTION of a new purpose-built cycleway linking Clarenza to South Grafton has the potential to result in a historic first for the Clarence Valley - traffic lights.
Clarence Valley Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said their arrival in big river country will depend on council determining the most cost-effective way of allowing the proposed cycleway access over or under the Pacific Hwy.
Following a meeting on February 14, council has released a route option divided into three sections for the cycleway. Each section coming with its own price tag.
Mr Donges said council will make a decision on the most advantageous option once consultation with relevant parties and community feedback on the proposed cycleway have been taken into account.
"If we were to have traffic lights to allow safe access for cyclists over the Pacific Hwy they would have to be approved by the Roads and Maritime Services first," he said.
"We currently do not have any traffic lights in the Clarence Valley.
"We are asking for community feedback on the proposal before a definite decision is made regarding an access point at the highway."
Mr Donges is encouraging community members to view the proposal on the council website.
The Clarenza cycleway options study will be available for online viewing at clarence.nsw.gov.au until April 13.
Clarenza Cycleway: the route and costs
Section 1: South Grafton Railway Station to Pacific Hwy via Crisp Ave, Spring St, Iolanthe St and the rest of the way through Bunnings' property to the Pacific Hwy. This route has limited options because of existing constraints imposed by land use, traffic arrangements, the railway and the Bunnings right-of-way.
Section 2: Pacific Hwy to the South Grafton levee. There are four options for the shared path in this section, all of which cross the Pacific Hwy and the levee. The highway crossing has been assessed for a tunnel, a bridge and a traffic signal-controlled at-grade crossing for these options.
Section 3: South Grafton levee to Hennessey Dr. Two options have been considered for this section, one in the highway road reserve and the other in land to be acquired from frontage property owners.
South Grafton Railway Station to Pacific Hwy - $409,000
Pacific Hwy (Bunnings) to levee crossing - Option A, $992,000
Pacific Hwy (Bunnings) to levee crossing - Option B, $2,115,000
Pacific Hwy (Bunnings) to levee crossing - Option C, $681,000
Pacific Hwy (Bunnings) to levee crossing - Option D, $503,000
Levee crossing to school in Hennessey Dr - Option, 1 $1,032,000
Levee crossing to school in Hennessey Dr - Option, 2 $778,000
Sourced from clarence.nsw.gov.au