Planning underway for new Pacific Highway interchange

Following the acknowledgement of ongoing issues with traffic congestion at the Pacific Highway‘s Ewingsdale interchange, Transport for NSW is planning a solution.

Recently a trial roundabout was implemented near Byron Bay Hospital to improve traffic flow near the interchange.

Director of North Region Anna Zycki said the trial changes involved removing right turns from the hospital and U-turns from the east to help improve traffic flow.

The trial followed earlier lane adjustments to provide more capacity for vehicles on the highway off-ramp and an extension of the merge onto Ewingsdale Road. In a statement Transport for NSW acknowledged while there were some benefits to traffic flow, the extra lanes were not significant enough to solve the issues.

Ms. Zycki said a further $200,000 has been committed towards ongoing planning and investigations.

“As part of a staged approach to manage congestion, Transport for NSW is continuing to investigate other options to improve traffic flows,” she said.

“It’s clear the performance of Ewingsdale Road is a key factor. While this road is the responsibility of Byron Shire Council, we’re dealing with an inter-connected network with complex issues.”

She said Transport for NSW were committed to working with Council to take a holistic view of the wider Byron road network and look to find sustainable transport solutions that fit into the broader context.

“We remain focused on working with Council to find longer term solutions to the issues at both the Ewingsdale interchange on the Pacific Highway and Ewingsdale Road.”

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