McIntyres Lane under scrutiny

MCINTYRES Lane in Maclean may soon be closed to through traffic.

The 2.7km stretch of road will come under the scrutiny of Clarence Valley Council's civil and corporate committee when it meets tomorrow.

The virtually unsealed road runs from the Pacific Highway south of Maclean through to Sheehans Lane, Gulmarrad, which then connects through to Brooms Head Road.

Thirteen dwellings are located alongside the road, 11 of which are at the eastern end.

A report to the committee states the completion of sealing works in Sheehans Lane will lead to increased traffic movements on McIntyres Lane as a route from Gulmarrad and Brooms Head to the Pacific Highway.

“This would potentially increase resident complaints relating to dust and road condition, and ultimately increased calls for the lane to be sealed,” it says.

The 1997 Townsend and Gulmarrad Traffic Study classifies McIntyres Lane as a 'collector road in the Future Road Hierarchy, forming a collector link with Sheehans Lane between the highway and Brooms Head Road'.

“The study recommends the lane be provided with a seven-metre wide sealed pavement for its entire 2.7 km length and the timing was to be within five to 15 years (2002-2012).

“At the time the cost estimate for the works was $405,000 and the current estimate - including drainage works - is approximately $800,000,” the report to the committee states.

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