Bypass works for Coffs Harbour coming in 2023

A 14 kilometre bypass of Coffs Harbour will take trucks off local roads and improve freight travel times on the east coast

The New South Wales (NSW) government says the Coffs Harbour bypass in northern NSW is taking a major step forward with the detailed design close to being finalised as Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture starts geotechnical work ahead of construction in early 2023.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh says that over the next six months, teams would be drilling more than 300 boreholes and excavating dozens of test pits within the project alignment to verify ground conditions.

“We’re well on our way to seeing major construction start next year, with these works helping us better understand the terrain for when shovels hit the ground,” says Singh.

“This is one of the main steps in informing the final design ahead of major construction early next year.”

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Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture was awarded the $1.35 billion major works contract in June.

“The Coffs Harbour bypass will be a game-changer for the daily lives of residents and commuters travelling through the city,” says Farraway.

“The 14-kilometre bypass will include three tunnels at major ridgelines, three key interchanges, access roads and a new bus interchange at Kororo Public School.

“This is the biggest infrastructure project in the city’s history and it will be a key piece of infrastructure connecting Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane resulting in wider economic benefits for the Coffs Harbour area by making the CBD a more attractive place to visit, shop and work.”

The boreholes will vary in depth between four and 70 metres. Each site will take between two and seven days to drill and reinstate depending on weather and access.

The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass.

More information is available at: pacifichighway.nsw.gov.au/coffsharbourbypass

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