Urunga bypass urgency

URUNGA residents have been urged to fire in their submissions on route options for the Pacific Highway upgrade between Macksville and Urunga.

Submissions close on February 2, despite residents asking the RTA for more time to comment on the proposals.

The chairman of the Urunga Bypass Community Action Group, Geoff Morrin, said residents should not be complacent about the issue.

He said his group was concerned about option 4C which would see a new highway go across Newry Island, along the banks of the Kalang River and link up with the existing Raleigh Deviation.

"This would give us a six-lane highway between houses in Riverside Drive and the Kalang River," Mr Morrin said.

"The proposal directly affects 284 residents and 62 parcels of land.

"Our concern is this highway would be too close to Urunga. They're trying to build a bypass around the fringe of the town only 1km from the existing highway.

"Noise would travel straight up into Urunga, not to mention it would be built on a floodplain.

"Options further west of Urunga would make more sense."

The action group will meet again on January 29 at 3pm at 119 Newry Island Drive at Urunga, with 60 people attending last Saturday's meeting.

The RTA says it has no preferred option on the table and will examine all submissions.

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