Coun­cil should stop stalling River St Bridge

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The Editor,

Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil is do­ing res­i­dents a disservice in stalling this project, what­ever their rea­sons.

Why­lan­dra Street traf­fic is dangerous and needs to be freed up sooner rather than later, and the River Street Bridge project will fa­cil­i­tate this. Four lanes north­bound and lights should be much bet­ter and safer than the ex­ist­ing round­about – of­ten reduced to two lanes.

Through high­way traf­fic and North Dubbo traf­fic could pro­ceed to a new River Street bridge, thereby re­duc­ing traf­fic on Ersk­ine Street.

While there will be some lim­i­ta­tions in flood times for this (ap­prox­i­mately ten days in ten years!), putting the new bridge at Troy now would rep­re­sent a long de­tour to cross the river and cause a big de­lay in fix­ing the cur­rent ur­gent prob­lems at Why­lan­dra Street.

A town by­pass with a river crossing at Troy is much needed. Coun­cil should lobby both lev­els of gov­ern­ment for that fund­ing as a next nec­es­sary project for our rapidly ex­pand­ing city, but should NOT block or de­lay the River Street project which is ur­gently needed now.

Pe­ter O’brien,

Dubbo

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