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Historic Coffs Bypass milestone as first on-ground work starts



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

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April 13, 2016

Historic Coffs Bypass Milestone as First On-Ground Work Starts

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker was on site today to meet workers undertaking the first on-ground work on the $1 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass.

Surveyors and project managers from RCA Australia started on-ground site investigations in Coffs Harbour this morning to determine drilling locations for geotechnical work associated with the two tunnels associated with the Bypass.

“I was briefed on the activities by staff from successful tenderer RCA Australia at Shephard’s Lane, one of the two locations where on-ground surveys are taking place as a prelude to drilling.

“To have people on the ground at the dual tunnel site is an important milestone in the history of the development of the Coffs Harbour Bypass,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“It has been a long time coming, and long-suffering residents will welcome this as a heartening sign of things to come, as preliminary work on the project continues to ramp up,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Last month RCA Australia as awarded the tender to undertake geotechnical work and Arup was named successful tenderer of the development of the Coffs Harbour Bypass Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a refined concept design for the 14km Bypass.

“I’ve had discussions with leaders of the RCA Australia team about timelines for drilling activities which are required along the proposed tunnel alignment at Shephard’s Lane and off Gately Rd,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Coffs Harbour residents and any motorist who regularly experiences the congestion and gridlock through the city will be excited to see this project preliminary work start,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Geotechnical exploration work involving a drill rig in the Gately Rd and Shepherds Lane areas is expected to take place in coming months, once bore hole locations are finalised.

All site investigations being carried out by RCA Australian will inform the environmental assessment being prepared on the preferred route.

“The $7 billion Pacific Highway Upgrade is powering along at great speed, so it’s very important we fast-track preliminary work such as this on the Bypass so we are ready to dove-tail the start of the Bypass construction with the completion of the Pacific Highway Upgrade,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The impact of a lack of a Bypass continues to cause gridlock across the traffic movements across Coffs Harbour every day.

“The project will also have a positive impact on the region, by creating jobs for locals and inject millions of dollars into the local economy,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester has been briefed by Mr Hartsuyker, who has reiterated the fact that the Bypass is the missing link in the Eastern seaboard transport route.

Coffs Harbour Bypass will connect England Road in the south with the newly upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section to the north, eliminating 12 sets of traffic lights.

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 has been listed as a nationally significant project by Infrastructure Australia.

Mr Hartsuyker: Nikki Voss 0408 070 056