Tugun Bypass set to expand

THE likely timetable for major roadworks in the north of the shire, including converting the Tugun Bypass to six lanes, has been revealed to Tweed Shire councillors.

Many of the proposed roadworks are associated with the new Cobaki township planned by major developer Leda, with the first blocks of land likely to go on the market in 2013.

Under the proposed "Cross Border Traffic Master Plan" the recommended timelines for roadworks include expanding the Tugun Bypass north of Boyd St to six lanes between 2022 and 2026 and to six lanes south of Boyd St after 2031.

The creation of north-facing off-ramps from the Boyd St overpass onto the highway, catering for traffic from Cobaki, has been scheduled for between 2017 and 2021.

Leda regional manager Reg van Rij this week showed the Daily News the proposed extension of Boyd St and proposed Cobaki Parkway through the planned township.

He also showed the Daily News across the Cobaki site which would eventually cater for 5500 new homes, provide two public primary schools, a town centre and 267 hectares of open space, community facilities, parks and environmental protection areas.

Mr van Rij said it was Leda's "present plan to proceed with construction aimed at delivering the first residential product in 2013".

Council staff have told councillors the most significant part of the Cross Border Traffic Master Plan was the partial interchange with Boyd St and the Tugun Bypass near the John Flynn Private Hospital.

They said the north-facing off-ramps would be required between 2017 and 2021.

However that would depend "on the rate of traffic-generating development at Cobaki and other sites".


Fast facts

  • 2022-2026: Widen Tugun Bypass north of Boyd St to six lanes.
  • After 2031: Widen bypass south of Boyd St to six lanes.
  • 2017-2021: Construct north-facing off-ramps from Boyd St overpass onto Tugun Bypass
  • 2012-2016: Widen Kennedy Dr over Cobaki Creek to four lanes.