Dangerous Goonellabah intersection to be fixed in new year

A DANGEROUS Ballina Rd black-spot will soon be upgraded providing a safety boost for Goonellabah residents.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said in the five years to September 2012, 27 crashes were recorded by Roads and Maritime Services at the intersection of Ballina Rd and William Blair Ave.

Mr George said the $800,000 upgrade will improve safety and improve traffic flow for motorists.

"The proposal involves a new link road to be built from Kellas St to Parkwalk Dr to provide an alternative and safer connection for motorists who would usually access William Blair Ave from Ballina Rd," he said.

"The new link road would include a 70 metre long, nine metre wide, two lane road linking Kellas St and Parkwalk Dr near the Judy Court intersection."

Mr George said the work will be carried out in two stages starting this month, weather permitting.

"From January next year, work is scheduled to start on upgrading and extending the median along Ballina Rd from Invercauld Rd to High St in Goonellabah.

"The median along Ballina Rd between Invercauld Rd and High St is proposed to be upgraded and extended with a continuous central concrete median.

"This would improve motorist safety in both directions by ensuring only a left turn is available for the one kilometre length of the median.

"Once the proposed upgrade is in place, residents along this stretch of Ballina Rd wanting to access roads to either side will need to use the Rotary Dr or Rous Rd."

Plans of the upgrade can be viewed at Lismore City Council's Corporate Centre, 43 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah.

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