Post-EIS design refinements on display
Community feedback has seen a number of key changes made to the design of the Coffs Harbour bypass, which will deliver important safety and traffic flow improvements for those entering and exiting the new stretch of road.
Changes include improvements to the Englands Road and Korora Hill interchanges; the bus stop on Coramba Road near Spagnolos Road and the bus interchange at Kororo Public School.
Community consultation on the refinements is open until 13 December 2019. Please view the project update or the web portal for more information
Community consultative committee
A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established for the Coffs Harbour bypass project. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for discussion between Roads and Maritime Services (as the proponent of the Coffs Harbour bypass project) and representatives of the Coffs Harbour community, stakeholder groups and the local council on issues directly relating to the Coffs Harbour bypass project.
Guidelines for community consultative committees can be found here.
The preferred route
The preferred route for the Coffs Harbour bypass was confirmed in 2004 and provides a four lane divided motorway standard road from Englands Road in the south and connects with the newly upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section in the north. The route passes through the North Boambee Valley, through the Roberts Hill ridgeline and then traverses the foothills of the Coffs Harbour basin west and north to Korora Hill.
Roads and Maritime will be seeking planning approval through carrying out the environmental impact statement on the preferred route.
The current route map can be viewed here.
Roads and Maritime Services has been investigating a Coffs Harbour bypass since 2001 as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade. The preferred route was announced in 2004 and the concept design report was published in 2008.
Since then funding priorities have targeted the full duplication of the Pacific Highway between Hexham and the Queensland border by 2020.
In March 2015 the NSW Government pledged $200 million for construction of the project, subject to a business case and significant funding from the Australian Government. The project has been allocated funding to carry out the environmental assessment and to finalise the concept design.
In December 2017 a strategic business case was submitted to the Australian Government to begin discussions about the project.
In May 2018 the Australian Government committed $971 million to build the project, and in September Roads and Maritime released the preferred concept design for community feedback.
In September 2019 the project's environmental impact statement was exhibited for public comment.