NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay joined Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and Coffs Harbour member Andrew Fraser to officially declare the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade open as a dual carriageway. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay joined Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and Coffs Harbour member Andrew Fraser to officially declare the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade open as a dual carriageway. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Upgrade opening puts northern beaches in the fast lane

WITH the job declared done on the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade, all eyes are on future improvements.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay was joined by Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser and Federal Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker for the official opening at the Sapphire on-ramp this morning.

Mr Gay's focus was on the increase to 110kmh and the one and a half hour decrease in travel time on the Sydney to Brisbane route with 60% of the highway upgrade complete.

Mr Fraser praised the work done over four years to come to this point but said now work must start on planning a Coffs Harbour bypass which he hopes can start some time after the 2020 deadline for the current upgrade.



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