The State and Federal Government will unveil the concept design for the $1.2 billion Pacific Highway bypass of Coffs Harbour today.
NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey told the ABC the design includes both tunnels and cuttings.
“It will be a combination of (tunnels and cuttings) because we want to keep trucks out of the main street of Coffs Harbour,” Ms Pavey said
“If we have our tunnels too long we simply will have to put dangerous goods through the CBD and (the community) doesn’t want that.”
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES TO THE PLAN FOR THE COFFS HARBOUR BYPASS?
* A cutting instead of a tunnel at Shepherds Lane (pictured) – there will be land bridges at Gatelys Rd and Roberts Hill.
* Refining of the design of the Korora Hill Interchange, including providing free-flow entry in and out of Coffs Harbour, replacing one of the roundabouts with traffic lights and adding a set of traffic lights to connect Bruxner Park Rd to the interchange.
* Changes at the Englands Rd interchange, including replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights.
* Reducing the width of the central median from 12 metres to five to reduce the impact on private land and to save money. A safety barrier will be installed between the two carriageways.
Community consultation begins this Thursday; a session will be held at Coffs Harbour Golf Club 4 – 7pm.
First published on Coffs Coast ABC – Facebook page. Monday 24 September 2018