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Four-lane Pacific highway through Coffs Harbour by end of 1992



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FOUR-LAME PACIFIC HIGHWAY THROUGH COFFS HARBOUR BY END OF 1992

The entire Pacific Highway through Goffs Harbour will be converted to four lanes by the end of next year, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today.

Mr Brown also announced that the environmental impact statement for the Raleigh Deviation, south of the city, would be ready about July.

The deviation and the highway upgrading through Goffs Harbour are part of a $300 million joint Federal-State upgrading program for the Pacific Highway in New South Wales. .

Mr Brown said he had approved Hawke Government funding of almost $2 million for duplication of the highway from Thompsons Road to Combine Street, immediately south of the Goffs Harbour central business district.

A similar amount is being provided by New South Wales towards the total construction cost.

1Thompsons Road to Combine Street is the last "missing link" in the conversion of the Pacific Highway to four lanes through the city', Mr Brown said.

1 In the south, the Federal and New South Wales governments are each meeting half the $3.6 million cost of the Newports Creek (North Boambee) Bridge.

'And in the north, earthworks are nearing completion on the Arthur Street to Jordans Creek section, which is being funded entirely by the Hawke Government at cost of $5.38 million.

'Together with other Pacific Highway works now under way on the North Coast, the latest works will improve trafficability and safety on a busy section of the highway', he said.

'More than 17 000 vehicles use the road each day.

'The 1.1 km four-lane extension from Combine Street past the Newports Creek Bridge will serve through traffic and Coffs Harbour's developing southern suburbs'.

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Mr Brown said the potential for accidents on the section would be reduced by building a raised median, providing shelter lanes for turning vehicles and rationalising some local traffic movements.

The changes include:

- elimination of right-hand turns into and out of Valley Street;

- closing Azalea Street to highway traffic wishing to bypass the central business district, thereby removing the conflict between local and through traffic;

- a shared cycleway/footpath on the western side of the divided road, in accordance with the 1990 Coffs Harbour bicycle study;

- greater utilisation of Bellingen Road to allow residential area traffic access to the highway at one location.

'There will be extensive landscaping of the new works', Mr Brown said.

He said the upgraded highway would serve Coffs Harbour's projected traffic requirements for many years to come.

'Traffic conditions eventually may warrant construction of an external bypass around the city, but any consideration of this proposal would have to be made in the light of a North Coast Transportation study now in progress'.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440 (w)