6 December 2022

Coffs Harbour bypass to improve safety and efficiency

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New South Wales north coast businesses have a unique opportunity to be involved in one of the region’s largest ever construction projects.

Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture (CHBTeam) has won the $1.35 billion design and construct contract for the Coffs Harbour bypass, with work is expected to start in March 2023, weather permitting. The bypass expected to be open to traffic from late 2026, with the project complete in late 2027.

CHBteam is partnering with ICN NSW to maximise opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.

“The team wants to partner with subcontractors and suppliers connected with the Coffs Harbour area and surrounds and is keen to create a positive legacy for the project beyond construction,” ICN NSW Industry Manager Dusko Bajic said.

It’s estimated that the project will create about 600 direct jobs during construction.

With funding commitments from both the Australian and NSW governments, the bypass is expected to improve connectivity and road transport efficiency, as well as safety for local and interstate motorists.

It will save about 11 minutes travel time, bypass up to 12 sets of traffic lights and remove thousands of vehicles from the Coffs Harbour CBD.

When finished, the bypass will form part of the Pacific Highway and the national land transport network.

In a press release from Transport for NSW, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said the project would not only deliver local jobs and a faster, safer commute, it would also boost flood resilience.

“Importantly, by getting thousands of vehicles out of the middle of the CBD it will give that part of Coffs Harbour back to the local community,” she said.

CHBTeam is using ICN Gateway to gather expressions of interest in a large range of work packages, including:

  • geotechnical assistance
  • road condition surveys and safety audits
  • CCTV
  • main site office works
  • plant supply and maintenance
  • earthworks
  • civil works
  • mechanical, electrical and IT works
  • signage

“Companies wanting to lodge an expression of interest must have a profile on ICN Gateway,” Dusko said.

“Your company summary and company description on Gateway will be used to assess your ability to complete projects when you lodge an EOI. Please make sure to invests the time and energy needed to put your best foot forward in your profile.”

For more information, or to lodge an expression of interest, go to the Coffs Harbour Bypass Gateway page.


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