By CRAIG McTEAR
THE Pacific Highway between Macksville and Urunga is set for a major overhaul with plans now on display to upgrade it to 40km of dual carriageway.
Route options which went on public exhibition yesterday incorporate two additional proposals outside the investigation area originally an-nounced last year.
These leave the existing highway south of Warrell Creek and provide a western bypass of both Warrell Creek and Macksville before rejoining the highway west of Nambucca Heads.
According to the RTA, the existing highway through Warrell Creek would not need to be upgraded under these options.
Further development of the Warrell Creek project is on hold pending the selection of the preferred option for the Macksville to Urunga project.
Other route options are broken up into four highway sections as follows:
- from the northern end of the proposed Warrell Creek Deviation to the existing highway north of the Nambucca River,
- from the existing highway north of the Nambucca River to where the existing highway crosses the main northern railway west of Nambucca Heads,
- from where the highway crosses the railway west of Nambucca Heads to Little Newry State Forest near Mines Road south of Urunga, and
- from Mines Road to the southern end of the Raleigh Deviation.
"Investigations of issues such as environmental, social, traffic, engineering, land use and community input have provided important information in identifying feasible route options," RTA chief executive Paul Forward said.
"At this time, no preferred option has been identified for the project."
Details of the route options will be on display until February 2 at:
- Nambucca Shire Council
- Bellingen Shire Council
- Nambucca Plaza
- Urunga Post Office,
- Bowraville Technology Centre,
- Warrell Creek Fire Station, and
- RTA Pacific Highway office in Grafton.
Submissions close on February 2.