For thousands of people who visit Byron Bay every year one thing on their ‘to do’ list is walk to Byron Bay’s lighthouse. Some locals do it every day to take in the stunning vistas to the north and the south.
For those who choose to take the less scenic route along the road, it will soon be a much safer walk with Council improving the pedestrian access at the intersection of Lighthouse Road and Brooke Drive.
Council is doing the work in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service which manages the lighthouse and the surrounding Cape Byron State Conservation Area.
Evan Elford, Acting Director Infrastructure Services, said the focus of work, is on moving the location where people cross the road to a safer place with better sight distance to oncoming traffic.
This involves creating a new footpath, pram ramp and opening in the existing boardwalk.
“Because of an existing opening in the boardwalk, people currently cross the road next to a bend in the road and this creates a safety issue for walkers, and oncoming traffic,” Mr Elford said.
“Because of the bend in the Lighthouse Road there is a poor line of sight so this new footpath will go a long way to improving this situation,” he said.
The project started last week and will take approximately two weeks to finish, depending on the weather.