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Local Resident Raises Bypass Safety Concerns For Cyclists

Local Resident Raises Bypass Safety Concerns For Cyclists

The revised tunnel design is narrower than in the original plans. Photo: Transport for NSW. THE Coffs Harbour Bypass is of interest to almost all…

Friday, Mar 18

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The revised tunnel design is narrower than in the original plans. Photo: Transport for NSW. THE Coffs Harbour Bypass is of interest to almost all residents, and, while the concept is almost unanimously welcomed, a number of people are concerned that the details may not all be what the community hopes for.

Sapphire Beach resident Tom Caldwell noticed that the design for tunnels has changed since the initial concept plans were released. Advertise with News of The Area today.
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He points out that the concept design provided for a 1.5 metre maintenance access path, a vehicular traffic provision of 14.0 metres and a 1.0 metre cycle path for an overall width of 16.5 metres.

The revised design keeps the 1.5 metre maintenance access path but now makes only 7.0 metres for the two 3.5 metre traffic lanes (as before), with the shoulder now only on one side and just 2.5 metres and shared by cyclists.

This revised tunnel width is 11.0 metres, much narrower than the 16.5 metres in the concept design.Mr Caldwell is concerned that the original width could have allowed for a third lane of traffic in the future, but that option is now gone.As well, cyclists originally had a dedicated 1.0 metre cycle path plus a free shoulder of 4.5 metres between them and the traffic lanes but now have only the 2.5 metre shoulder to ride in next to […]

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