EIS tender another step forward for bypass
A TENDER for the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coffs Harbour bypass project has been awarded.
The Coffs Harbour bypass was last month listed as a nationally significant project by Infrastructure Australia and the EIS, which will be prepared by successful tenderer Arup.
RAC Australian has been awarded the contract to carry out geotechnical investigations on the project.
The bypass route includes interchanges at Englands Rd, Coramba Hill and Korora Hill and a local access road between the southern end of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Hwy upgrade and the Korora Hill interchange.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the awarding of the tender brings the start of work on the Coffs Harbour bypass one step closer.
"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 we work on the final business case and EIS due to commence within months."
Mr Hartsuyker has been discussions with new Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester about the bypass and the effects its absence is having on Coffs Harbour traffic.
Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said traffic conditions would be a major focus of the EIS investigations and will also inform development of the business case and refined concept design.
"At the moment there are 12 sets of traffic lights on this section of highway, which can create very slow traffic through the area," Mr Fraser said.