RTA pass on bypass

DESPITE the wishes of just about everyone, it seems a Coffs Harbour bypass won't be a reality any time soon.

The RTA bosses who briefed a packed Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday gave nothing to suggest we should be holding our breath.

Acting Pacific Highway general manager Shane Higgins said there was no funding for construction of the much-needed bypass and the RTA couldn't even predict when the first sod would be turned.

The RTA's project development manager, Chris Clark, said the RTA was finalising the design of the bypass based on the preferred coastal corridor route announced in 2004 and was finalising a report on public submissions.

He warned there would be ongoing problems with traffic heading through Coffs Harbour until the bypass was built but the completion of the Hogbin Drive extension would help traffic flows.



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