No date set yet for highway bypass

A STARTING date on the building of a Pacific Highway bypass of Coffs Harbour is yet to be set.

“Timing of construction will depend on the availability of funding,” an RTA spokesman told The Advocate last night.

“After this is set the environmental assessment will begin and planning approval will be sought.”

The spokesman said funding had not yet been allocated for a new road but the most recent project estimate back in 2006 was between $470m and $575m.

“This figure will be updated and the final cost will be determined when funding is made available for building the bypass,” he said.

“The RTA has approached Coffs Harbour City Council to take planning action to formally reserve the bypass corridor.

“The boundaries of the corridor would be based on the final concept design.”

The spokesman said the RTA had considered and addressed predicted freight traffic increases in developing the bypass plan and the final concept design.

“The proposed four-lane bypass would operate with a reasonable level of service in 2050, even if truck numbers treble,” the spokesman said.

“In addition the widening of the median of the new bypass would allow for six lanes of traffic.”

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