The pre­ferred route for a good rea­son

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

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

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