The preferred route for a good reason
ANY civil engineer will tell you there is no practical highway route between Englands Rd and Sapphire outside of Coffs Creek Valley.
First you have the coastal range to cross at the top of Englands Rd, followed by a crossing of the range which runs between End Peak and Mount Coramba, followed by a recrossing of the coastal range at Sapphire.
There is a practical bypass route – through the coast range at Englands Road, then by Upper Orara Rd, Orara Way and Kungala Rd to Halfway Creek – a distance equal to the coastal route.
But once the planning for the Sapphire-Woolgoolga upgrade was begun in 2001, Coffs Creek Valley was locked-in as the route for the highway.
The Coffs Harbour “community consultation” process, which also began in 2001, seems like an attempt to distract the public until the Sapphire-Woolgoolga section was begun.
At which point, no real choices would be available. Where does the blame lie? Largely with the Coffs Harbour City Council civil engineers who failed to speak up in 2001. Geoffrey Watts, Sawtell