Coffs Harbour Bypass
Preferred bidder announced
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Preferred bidder announced
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Construction projects: > AUD$300m
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The Coffs Harbour Bypass project includes a 14 kilometre motorway standard upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Englands Road in the south and connects with the recently upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section in the north.
In March 2016 Arup was awarded the contract to develop the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and finalise the concept design, while RCA Australia was awarded the contract to carry out the geo-technical investigations for the project. RMS is now progressing towards planning approval.
Infrastructure NSW endorsed the strategic business case for the Coffs Harbour Bypass in December 2017.
The NSW Government allocated $5 million to continue planning in the 2017-18 Budget, which was in addition to the $67 million already spent.
In May 2018, the Federal Government committed $971 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass which will see funding contributions each year between FY2018-19 and FY2026-27. This follows the NSW Government committing $200 million towards the bypass, which was subject to the final business case and the Federal Government funding.
In September 2018, the NSW Government released the preferred concept design for the Coffs Harbour bypass for public comment. The preferred concept design incorporates land bridges at Gatelys Road and Roberts Hill, and cuttings at Gatelys Road and Shephards Lane. The concept design states the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) for the project is 1.3 with the projected cost of the project being between $1.17 billion to $1.3 billion.
According to Infrastructure NSW, subject to government approvals, construction is scheduled to start in mid-2020 with completion targeted in 2024.
Infrastructure Australia lists the project as a Priority Initiative in its Infrastructure Priority List with a near term delivery timescale (0-5 years).
Last reviewed: 05/10/2018