A 'rocky road' to highway upgrade

IT COULD be years before the road to Woodenbong is any less rocky for motorists travelling the Mt Lindesay Hwy.

Nearly a month after the Daily News put a query into the Tenterfield Shire Council, acting engineering services director Ralf Stoeckeler replied with an update on what was being done about the dangerous stretch of road.

"This matter has been ongoing for many years and a special committee was formed over 15 years ago I believe," he said.

"The committee - Downs To River Action Committee (DTRAC) meets several times per year at Legume and we believe that progress is being made in small increments."

He said as much repair and rehabilitation work as the budget could stand was being done.

"At the rate we are reconstructing sections of the road, it will be many years before it is in reasonable condition."

Tenterfield Shire A Ward councillor George Hardcastle said DTRAC hadn't met since last year and were supposed to meet early next month but it was postponed.

"I am trying to arrange a politician to come," he said.

"We are lobbying politician to try to get funding for this road, that's all I can say."

He said Lismore MP Thomas George and federal member Tony Windsor were the next targets.

He said the last estimate for an upgrade was estimated at about $100 million.


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