FIVE years after it was first approved, construction of the dual carriageway Bonville bypass is to finally go ahead. The announcement from the State Government came late yesterday. The secretary to the Minister for Roads, Eric Roozendaal, said planning documents for the 9.6-kilometre upgrade of the Pacific Highway will go on display next Monday at various locations in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen. "The proposed upgrade would start from Perry's Road at Repton and finish at Lyon's Road at Sawtell," Mr Roozendahl said. The bypass was initially approved in March, 2000. Since 2002 there have been eight deaths on the stretch of highway, most of them at Pine Creek. No details were given as to when work will begin on the bypass, its cost, or when it is expected to be finished.
n We'll have a full report on the announcement, and local reaction to it, in tomorrow's Coffs Coast Advocate.