The Coffs Harbour Bypass is a step closer with the awarding of a tender for development of the Coffs Harbour Bypass Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a refined concept design for the $1 billion project, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said today.
“This is a significant step forward in the process of getting the Coffs Harbour Bypass project planning completed and construction and workforce planning underway,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“We have a detailed concept design plan and land acquisitions have taken place, now work on the final business case and EIS is due to commence within months.
“We must maintain the momentum and push on with further planning, funding and construction of the Bypass.
“I have met with new Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester to reiterate the fact that the Bypass is the missing link in the Eastern seaboard transport route. The impact of a lack of a Bypass continues to cause gridlock across the traffic movements on a daily basis across Coffs Harbour.
“The Coffs Harbour Bypass will also create jobs for locals and inject millions of dollars into the local economy,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
The final business case will feed into the EIS, which will be prepared by successful tenderer Arup, and that will then be progressed through the development approvals process. RCA Australia has been awarded the contract to carry out geotechnical investigations.
The Bypass route includes interchanges at Englands Road, Coramba Hill and Korora Hill and a local access road between the southern end of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway Upgrade and the Korora Hill interchange.
The Coffs Harbour Bypass was last month listed as a nationally significant project by Infrastructure Australia.