The strip of Pacific Highway just south of the Harwood Bridge under water.
The strip of Pacific Highway just south of the Harwood Bridge under water. Graham Orams

RTA calls for road help

THE RTA is hoping local knowledge can help it flood-proof a key Lower Clarence road interchange.

The RTA has called for community comment on a proposed plan which aims to ward off flooding and improve traffic flow on the Pacific Highway at Farlows Flat and the Harwood interchange near Maclean.

An RTA spokesperson said this plan was a step towards providing a consistent level of flood immunity on the Pacific Highway between Farlows Flat and the Harwood interchange, as well as improving the condition of the road surface.

“If the changes go ahead, the upgrade will help re-open the highway sooner in times of flood,” the spokesperson said.

“The proposed work will also involve changes to the layout of the interchange for motorists travelling to Maclean and Yamba.

“The highway will be up to 1.5 metres higher to the south of the interchange to improve flood immunity. There will be widening of the road shoulders to the west along a 1.5km stretch which will improve road safety.

“The proposed work will also include extending the southbound overtaking lane at Farlows Flat so it meets the interchange. This will make it easier and safer for traffic to join the highway.”

The owners of land adjoining the affected parts of the road are invited to make submissions to the RTA in response to the proposal and changes in road levels.

Plans are available for inspection until today at Maclean Council Chambers, 50 River St.



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