Letter to the Editor - July 5: Bypass for heavy vehicles

WITH completion of the four-lane dual coast highway now in sight, Coffs Harbour will soon be the only town left with heavy vehicles sharing its roads with local traffic.

It seems unlikely that either colour of government will see an urgent need to allocate funding to the bypass shown on current RMS plans.

A solution may lie in a "heavy vehicle bypass", such as existed in several towns in NSW and Queensland in the 1960s. These were not multi-lane extravaganzas with flyovers, rest stops, landscaping and a McDonalds, but allowed trucks to avoid delays in town centres.

A two-lane (one lane each way, no overtaking, no on/off options) motorway from Lindsays Road to Korora should be possible, using land already acquired and existing roundabouts at each end.

If the option of a brake-free run, instead of 12 traffic lights and eight roundabouts, does not draw off virtually all the heavy vehicles, some form of enforcement may be required.

GEOFF BOOTH



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