Highway route a mixed blessing

REACTIONS to the preferred Pacific Highway route between Macksville and Urunga, as announced by the RTA on Thursday, are predictably mixed.

In Macksville, the preferrred route goes to the east of the town.

For Jacky McLeod it is not good news.

"We are currently building our house in what we thought would be a quiet spot, but now it looks like the new road will be on the other side of our cul-de-sac," Mrs McLeod said.

"I am concerned about how the noise will affect us, but mostly I am unhappy about how we have been treated.

"This is the first we have heard of this.

"We have been kept in the dark."

Another resident, Lisa Hennessey, is thrilled.

"We live right on the highway now, and the noise is horrendous," Mrs Hennessey said.

"Unfortunately that means others will get it."

In Urunga, the preferred route is Option B.

South Arm Road resident Michael Polden lives right in the path of the new road.

"This news is bittersweet," Mr Polden said.

"At least now we know what is happening and can plan accordingly.

"My question now is whether we will be properly compensated for this.

"If people do choose to go, then they should not have to forfeit the removal costs the RTA pays to those forced to move."

His neighbour, Tess Jones, is angry about the decision.

"They have chosen a route that goes through valuable farmland," Mrs Jones said.

"Land we can ill afford to lose. I am also not happy about the millions of taxpayer dollars that will be spent in buying houses and land in this area, when a different route through the forest could have left us alone altogether."

Information: 1800 800 612.

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