Jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales (NSW) Governments, work has commenced on the $2.2B Coffs Harbour Bypass that once completed, will see the reduction of approximately 12,000 vehicles from the Coffs Harbour City Centre. The bypass will span over 14 kilometres from Englands Road to the south of Coffs Harbour and will boost the region’s economy by improving travel efficiency. By diverting traffic from congested areas, the bypass will connect local residents and visiting motorists to greater areas of the Coffs Harbour region.
The project includes 12 kilometres of new road, an additional two kilometres of upgraded highway, three tunnels, and 12 added traffic lights. Building works includes major excavations, earth works, and tunnel construction. Major undertakings will involve establishing access points to the corridor, drainage, bridge work, and new road connections to accomodate motorists during construction. MBM supported the project by conducting site visits, interviewing project stakeholders, and reporting recommendations against the review criteria and terms of reference. MBM’s focus for the project was to provide value for the client in the context of cost management and risk management.
Led by Associate Director Mike O’Shea, the MBM team are ensuring the project remains on time and to budget through expert cost assessments.
“We are excited to see the Coffs Harbour Bypass project come to fruition. The new infrastructure presents milestone benefits for the surrounding communities and visitors by improving ease of connectivity in the Mid-North Coast region” Mike said.
“Seeing major projects like this develop from the ground up is a rewarding part of our role. We know that upon completion, not only will the bypass improve travel time and reliability, it will also make roads a safer place for motorists. We’re proud to be a part of project team supporting the development of new infrastructure for the NSW South Coast. The development is a fantastic joint iniative by the federal and state governments.”, Mike added.
This project has created at least 600 new jobs for the local community and surrounding areas, with the bypass scheduled to be open to the public by late 2026 and fully completed by late 2027.