Properties near Englands Road are being acquired.
Properties near Englands Road are being acquired. Trevor Veale

RTA supports inner bypass

THE Roads and Traffic Authority has confirmed the inner corridor is the preferred route for the Coffs Harbour bypass.

An RTA spokesman said yesterday this was the state of play after an extensive period of community consultation which began in 2001 with the Coffs Harbour Highway Planning Strategy.

“During the development of the preferred route a wide range of possible routes were investigated, including to the west of Coffs Harbour,” the spokesman said.

“The RTA has put a planning process in place to identify and protect the route of the preferred highway corridor for a future bypass. The RTA is working with the NSW Government and the Federal Government to complete the upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

“Timing for work on this section will be considered as part of these discussions.”

The RTA is now moving swiftly to snap up properties in the path of the new road, including those in the city’s south.

“In response to requests for acquisition from property owners directly affected by the proposal, the RTA has acquired four properties in the Englands Road and Isles Drive area and is currently finalising the acquisition of a fifth property.”



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