Topics:  motorists, roadworks, traffic, tweed shire council, tweed valley way

Traffic delays test driver patience

Motorists sit idle as roadworks hold up traffic at Tumbulgum on Tweed Valley Way.
Motorists sit idle as roadworks hold up traffic at Tumbulgum on Tweed Valley Way. Blainey Woodham

THE widening of Tweed Valley Way continues to cause significant delays, and motorists who are getting irritated have been urged to remain patient for a little while longer.

Tweed Shire Council received $2 million in funding from the Federal Government to address road safety along the road, which was designated an official 'black spot' after there were 16 vehicle crashes along the stretch between July 2004 and June 2008.

The majority of accidents resulted in injuries or death with some of these collisions caused by vehicles crossing onto the wrong side of the road.

Work on the section between Riverside Drive to Cudgen Road started at the beginning or April this year when the council introduced a reduction of the speed limit from 100 kmh to 80 kmh to accommodate the installation of a wire rope barrier.

Wire rope barriers were chosen to reduce the chances of head-on accidents and because the wire barriers caused less damage to vehicles and their occupants.

The wire safety barriers are also easier to erect than other conventional barriers and are cheaper to install.

A council spokesperson said the work was being done by contractors and the council expected the upgrade to be finished in a couple of weeks.



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