Editorial - July 2: Bypass the big issue to be resolved
YOU may have noticed an organic discussion developing recently about the pros and cons of a Coffs Harbour bypass.
The debate is far from new. In fact, plans were once in place for an eastern bypass that ran through what is now the golf course and Park Beach.
Before its change to RMS, the RTA made public its preferred route which loops west from Englands Road, runs under and through the hills which frame the city and re-joins the highway at Korora. There are others, however, who want a far western bypass through the Orara and Bucca valleys all the way to north of Woolgoolga.
The route aside, some are all for a bypass, others fear any deviation will cripple businesses reliant on passing traffic.
What is known is that there will be no bypass of Coffs Harbour until the rest of the Pacific Highway duplication is done, but with the completion of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade imminent and work progressing rapidly on the Nambucca to Urunga stretch, the discussion needs to be had sooner rather than later.
Do you want Coffs Harbour to finally become a destination or remain a thoroughfare, and which bypass option should we be fighting for?
I'd love to hear what you think.