Road and rail

LOOK­ING BACK: April, 2000

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

A $1.6 MIL­LION bull­dozer lifted the first sod of soil half­way be­tween Pottsville and Mooball, of­fi­cially start­ing the con­struc­tion of the Yel­gun-chin­derah Mo­tor­way in April 2000.

At the of­fi­cial sod-turn­ing cer­e­mony were Tweed Mayor Lynne Beck, Rich­mond MP Larry An­thony, NSW Min­is­ter for Trans­port Carl Scully, Tweed MP Neville Newell and John Cas­sidy, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of de­sign, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance con­trac­tors.

Com­ments from those present at the cer­e­mony to be­gin con­struc­tion on the di­vided high­way be­tween Chin­derah and Yel­gun in­cluded that the mo­tor­way, when built, would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on road safety and would bring the lo­cal district closer to Bris­bane and the Gold Coast.

NSW Trans­port Min­is­ter Carl Scully said the mo­tor­way con­struc­tion was the “sin­gle big­gest coun­try road project in Aus­tralia,” would di­rectly cre­ate 250 jobs and was due for com­ple­tion in mid-2002.

Tweed Mayor Lynne Beck said those in Mur­willum­bah, which would be by­passed by the new road, need not worry about the eco­nomic im­pact be­cause it al­ready had to at­tract traf­fic off the cur­rent high­way and ex­pe­ri­ence showed that towns by­passed by new roads “of­ten came up much bet­ter”.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROGRESS: The con­struc­tion of the Yel­gun-chin­derah Mo­tor­way started in April 2000.

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