January 28, 2002
A letter was sent to Bob Higgins at the RTA more formally requesting that they comply with their own environmental review. See the (more) for the full text
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January 28, 2002
Bob Higgins, Pacific Highway Manager, PO Box 546 Grafton NSW 2460
Dear Mr. Higgins,
I am writing on behalf of the Tyagarah Hall Committee and Progress Association also known as the Tyagarah Sustainable Community Alliance (TSCA).
In recent months we have had several conversations with you and your staff regarding several issues to do with the highway improvements running through the Tyagarah area. Specifically we have spoken about both the lighting issue around Wrecker’s Corner and the increased noise due to the traffic and surface changes. We are still unsatisfied with the outcomes of those discussions and wish to address the noise issue further until some agreement can be reached.
In your document Proposed Upgrade of the Pacific Highway at Tandys Lane: Review of Environmental Factors, Main Report, under the Summary of Key Issues 11.1, the RTA states that noise levels are actually going to be reduced. This is obviously contrary to the reality that by all counts of residential reports, the noise level has increased dramatically indeed becoming a nuisance to the community
In the Appendices and Working Papers, Appendix X – Noise and Vibration, p. 25, the RTA states ‘Open Graded asphalt is a low noise road surface and typically generates noise levels about 4.5dB(A) less than those generated by shallow random groove concrete. The open grade asphalt surface may be applied (retrofitted) to any existing road surface without a cost penalty. If a low noise road surface was used as the road surface throughout the road upgrade the predicted road traffic noise levels would be 4.5dB(A) lower.’ Currently with the type of surface presently on our stretch of highway, these noise levels are unacceptable.
While appreciative of your willingness to dialog with us in the past, we are most frustrated with the outcome, namely that not one thing has been changed. We are concerned that the RTA’s commitment to community consultation is limited to solely that type of outcome whereby much is spoken but nothing is done.
The noise level in Tyagarah has become unacceptable and is considered a nuisance by all of us represented by TSCA. Because your EIS states so clearly that we could expect the opposite and because your work has directly affected our lives, we would like the following from you:
· A large sound barrier wall from the Wrecker’s Corner to Byron turnoff.
· Change the surface of the highway to a quieter one.
· Impose a lower speed limit (70kmh) from Wrecker’s to Byron turnoff.
· Place speed camera’s and warning signs of same from Wrecker’s to Byron turnoff.
We would like action to be taken immediately as the situation for us is no longer acceptable, nor is it acceptable to us to just simply dialog endlessly.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Kali Shapiro, President, Tyagarah Hall Committee and Progress Association, Inc., Commonly known as Tyagarah Sustainable Community Alliance (TSCA)
Posted at January 28, 2002 12:00 AM
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