RTA comes good
THE long-awaited Pacific Highway Bon-ville deviation is edging closer to reality.
A firm date has not been set for an official start to the bypass, but an RTA spokesman said yesterday work would start 'soon'.
The Advocate understands this could be as early as next month.
A large works compound, which Abigroup Contractors and Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) staff will call home for the duration of the project, is now taking shape at Bonville Station Road.
With preparatory work on the facility well under way, the compound will be transformed into a hive of activity in the weeks ahead as a small army of road builders converges on Bonville for their massive undertaking.
The number of workers on site will vary throughout the construction period.
At peak times, it is anticipated up to 60 staff and 80 sub-contractors and suppliers, including locals, will be employed on the project.
The compound will accommodate site offices and a workshop, while roadmaking plant and equipment, trucks and light vehicles will also be parked there.
The Bonville deviation will upgrade to dual carriageway the 9.6km stretch of the Pacific Highway between Perrys Road in the south and Lyons Road in the north.
When finished, the upgrade will complete 17.5km of dual carriageway between Coffs Harbour and Urunga.
The project, jointly funded by the Federal and State governments, includes the building of twin bridges across Bonville, Reedys and Pine creeks.