Traffic woes in Ballina
IT’S Christmas ... and that means more traffic in Ballina Shire.
An RTA spokesperson said traffic increases by up to 50 per cent during the Christmas school holidays, especially on major roads like the Pacific Highway.
“We all know the holiday period during Christmas and New Year is a busy time on NSW roads,” the spokesperson said.
“Heavy traffic is expected on the Pacific Highway through Ballina from now until early January as families visit the region.
“Ballina usually experiences heavy congestion in both directions. Motorists are advised to often expect long queues.
“Christmas 2009 saw queues of up to 10 kilometres on the approaches to Ballina with delays of up to 30 minutes.
“Traffic will be heavier on Fridays and weekends during late December and early January.”
The RTA will be putting special traffic conditions in place, aimed at reducing delays.
“These changes include a no right turn out of the southern end of Teven Road onto the Pacific Highway between now and January 3.
“In addition, fixed electronic message signs and portable electronic message signs will be installed along the Pacific Highway to provide motorists with information on traffic queuing and delays, incidents and changed traffic conditions, as well as road safety messages.
“Additional RTA Traffic Patrol crews will be patrolling the Pacific Highway in this region. They will patrol critical locations and provide details of delays or incidents. Crews will also provide a response to unplanned incidents if required.”
Full details of road closures, safety tips and rest areas are available from the RTA website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au