Mini-bypass reservations

Some reservations have been raised about the proposed ‘mini-bypass’ in Byron Bay’s CBD, but the ‘rats’ will still be allowed to run.

Byron Shire Council last week rubber-stamped the traffic committee’s report about the proposed town centre rail crossing linking Butler Street and Jonson Street.

The idea is to divert traffic along an ‘S-bend’ route from Marvell Street, follow the existing track over the rail line, and link with Butler Street.

While the committee had ‘in-principle’ support for the idea, there were some reservations, including the belief that the mini-bypass wouldn’t reduce the queue length on, or travel time along, Ewingsdale Road.

Also, the committee reported that the extra town access and egress is likely to introduce complications at other sites, like the Butler Street intersections with Burns, Sommerset and Shirley streets.

And the committee reported that any improvements to traffic circulation would be confined just to Jonsons Street, mostly to the north of Marvell Street.

The committee reported to last week’s council meeting with the aim that it ‘assists with further design, consultation and reporting of this matter to council and other relevant stakeholders and authorities’.

Meanwhile, council, on the recommendation of the traffic committee, decided to take no action on the ‘rat-running’ of vehicles through the Lawson Street south carpark.

Motorists travelling east on Jonson Street use the carpark as a way of avoiding the roundabout at the intersection of Jonson and Lawson streets.

On January 13, a 15-minute survey found 15 vehicles using the route.

The committee reports that ‘no safety issues have been identified’ with the ‘rat run’, and that an idea to close the Lawson Street exit from the carpark would create larger problems.

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