Staff, equipment and contracts are moving into place ahead of more major works on the Coffs Harbour Bypass in New South Wales.
The 14 kilometre bypass project seeks to improve connectivity, transport efficiency and safety for motorists.
The project is expected to save motorists about 12 minutes in travel time, avoid up to 12 sets of traffic lights and reducing the number of vehicles through the city centre by about 12,000 a day.
Works on vegetation removal are already underway and will continue until late this year. More works will start in the coming weeks, including excavation for some of the cuttings.
Additional works will also start to establish access points to the corridor, as well as drainage and bridge works, the development of compound sites and the installation of project boundary fencing.
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Construction will also begin on new road connections between Campbell Close and the Pacific Highway and between Russ Hammond Close and Korora School Road.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King said the project is expected to create 600 jobs, as well as opportunities for local industries.
“To date, Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture has engaged 15 local companies including one Aboriginal company. These contracts are valued at about $13 million and include some key local companies like Ahoy Traffic Control, Gosling Electrical, Geoff King Mitsubishi and Jaybro,” she said.
“Another 77 tender packages are in assessment or negotiations, and these are worth more than $500 million. In coming months there will be about 76 tender packages in assessment or negotiation, valued at about $140 million.”
The Coffs Harbour Bypass will be completed by late 2027.