Moody is invited to be part of the independent survey

WOOLGOOLGA Area Residents group spokesman Steve Moody said yesterday he had been invited to take part in the independent study into a far western corridor for the Pacific Highway bypass flagged by Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker on Wednesday.

Mr Moody, who is also an engineer, said it was important to point out that the proposed study did not necessarily mean the current Orara Way would be used.

"The aim of the exercise is to explore all possible options for routes that might be feasible, while providing a more direct route to Grafton and avoiding the Coffs Harbour urban area," Mr Moody said.

"It will not necessarily mean just a widening of the Orara Way."

He said the proposed study would be fully funded by the Federal Government and would look at social, economic and environmental factors as well as technical assessments.

The environmental assessment and a refined design for the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade is expected to go on display to the community in the near future, according to the RTA.

The upgrade will involve construction of about 25 kilometres of four lane, dual carriageway controlled access highway from Sapphire to Arrawarra Beach Road, north of Woolgoolga.

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