An upgraded section of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour.
An upgraded section of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour. RTA/www.conwag.com/external/chhp

Bypass plan on display

PLANS for a new Coffs Harbour bypass have gone on public display with the preferred route already attracting criticism.

The RTA yesterday placed the design of the multi-million dollar project on public view, and they want to know what you think.

But local MP Andrew Fraser has called it 'the most detrimetal route possible', and says the RTA can expect a negative response from the public during the consultation period.

“From my experience, most people still feel a Far Western Bypass is the best option. But once again, the RTA just doesn't listen, and they are pushing forward with this route. It's bizarre,” he said.

Mr Fraser says people were so fed up with the state of the road and bureaucracy in getting an upgrade that they have become apathetic.

“People have got to the stage where they are so sick of the autocratic nature of this Government and the RTA; they feel their views aren't being heard. They're sick and tired of the deaths, sick and tired of accidents. Now they just want it done.”

Detailed concept designs of the bypass, which Minister for Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, and NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley say will improve road safety and cut travel times, have now gone on display at a number of locations across the city.

The proposal includes a new four-lane dual carriageway highway from south of Englands Road to Korora Hill, and an upgrade of the existing highway from Korora Hill to the southern end of the proposed Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade to provide a four-lane dual carriageway highway and local access roads.

The existing Pacific Highway would link the Coffs Harbour central business district to the interchanges at Englands Road and Korora Hill.

The designs also provide for possible grade-separated interchanges at Englands Road, Coramba Road and Korora Hill.

A local access road between the southern end of the proposed Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade and the Korora Hill interchange would link Sapphire and Korora to this interchange and to the existing highway into Coffs Harbour. The Coramba Road interchange would provide access to West Coffs Harbour and the Orara Valley.

Following the display of the sign, the RTA will consider issues raised in the comments received. Once that process is finalised, the Coffs Harbour City Council will be approached to take planning action to formally reserve the corridor.

Have your say. Designs are on display at the following locations until October 31: RTA Motor Registry in Gordon Street, Coffs Harbour; RTA Pacific Highway Office, 21 Prince Street, Grafton; Coffs Harbour City Council, corner of Coff and Castle Streets; Shop 1A Jack Simmonds Arcade, Coffs Harbour.

Tell us what you think. Email your comments to editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

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