The possibility of shifting focus on the Pacific Hwy upgrade to constructing a Coffs Harbour bypass has been raised in the halls of Canberra's Parliament House.
The possibility of shifting focus on the Pacific Hwy upgrade to constructing a Coffs Harbour bypass has been raised in the halls of Canberra's Parliament House. Trevor Veale

Coffs Harbour bypass still an issue

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker has discussed the Coffs Harbour bypass project with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Pacific Hwy duplication is now sufficiently progressed to enable the Federal Government to shift focus to the Coffs Harbour bypass.

"The bypass will not only get the trucks out of the main street but will form an important part of our local road network," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"I also met recently with Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight and council's general manager Steve McGrath to discuss the importance of progressing the bypass project.

"We all agree the bypass is the only way to end the snarls created by an ever-increasing number of vehicles negotiating 13 sets of traffic lights through Coffs Harbour."

The selected route announced by NSW Roads and Maritime Services runs as a four-lane dual carriageway skirting the base of the mountain range from south of England's Rd to Korora Hill, north of the city.

A significant number of properties have been acquired by the RMS in preparation for the commencement of the project.

The concept design provides for interchanges at England's Rd, Korora Hill, and Coramba Hill, linking the bypass to the city centre.

Mr Hartsuyker said the meeting with Mr Truss was a positive step forward.

"I met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss last week to reinforce the need to prioritise the 12km Coffs Harbour bypass as a national infrastructure project and integrate it into the Pacific Hwy upgrade plan," he said.



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