Highway fireworks tipped

Fireworks can be expected at community information sessions planned by the Roads and Traffic Authority to outline the planned upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale.

St Helena macadamia farmer and joint owner of Brookfarm, Martin Brook, said RTA investigations for the upgrade had revealed it was considering building a road tunnel through the scenic escarpment of St Helena.

Mr Brook said a map had been sighted that showed the proposed double lane tunnel carving its way through St Helena than taking the four, or perhaps six, lane highway through "precious" agricultural land.

He said the option B proposal for St Helena which saw a viaduct over marginal agricultural land had now been put on hold.

The RTA map for the planned upgrade showed a broad study area and took in some of the finest agricultural land in the Northern Rivers, he said.

It was announced last month that $55 million would be spent on planning to accelerate the remaining sections of the Pacific Highway still to be upgraded to dual carriageway.

Nominations are being sought for a Community Liaison Group (CLG) which will provide a link between the community and the project team throughout the planning stage.

Information about the CLG will be available at the information sessions which will be held tomorrow from 6.30pm to 9pm at the A and I Hall in Bangalow; on Monday from 6.30pm at the Ewingsdale Hall and next Tuesday from 6.30pm at the Newrybar Hall.

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