THE $12.2m project to relocate essential water and sewer infrastructure ahead of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Sapphire to Woolgoolga has hit the midway point.
That milestone was marked with the pouring of around 200 cubic metres of concrete into a trench carrying relocated pipelines at Moonee Beach.
Up to 70 Council staff and sub-contractors are involved in the work to move the 13.4 kilometres of pipeline before the upgrade begins.
“Coffs Harbour City Council is playing a very important role in the early stages of this project, making sure that vital water mains infrastructure is relocated away from the new highway corridor,” said Coffs Harbour mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades.
Council’s general manager Stephen Sawtell said that by having council take on such a significant role – and doing both the design work in-house and implementing the pipe relocation – the organisation aimed to achieve four main outcomes.
“These are that council has control over the standard of works done during the relocation – this is important because we want it to meet our community’s needs for the future,” he said.
“We can also employ local people, which means a boost for the local economy.
“Any profit from the project will be used to fund other important, local infrastructure works, such as roads and drainage, and our staff already had the skills and local knowledge to make sure this job is completed on time.
“That final outcome has certainly held true, despite some appalling weather at the start of the work in October. The project is on time and within budget.
“The credit for that must be given to the council staff and sub-contractors who have shown a real commitment to getting this job done and done well,” he said.
The project is scheduled to be completed in late June.