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April 22, 2021

Byron bypass work begins on Monday

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Byron Council say that Works to set up and prepare for the construction of the Byron Bay Bypass will begin at Butler Street next week.

From Monday 15 July, Byron Shire Council will be handing over possession of the Bypass construction zone to the appointed project contractors Hazell Bros.

Project Engineer Josh Winter says Butler Street will remain open to two-way traffic at all times, and there should be minimal disruption to motorists. ‘The project will be delivered in four stages. Stage 1 will include the area from the Byron Street drain to Glen Villa Resort,’ he said.

‘Council is also currently working towards delivering the noise mitigation works to affected private properties, and we are thankful the community are working with us on this important aspect of the bypass project.

‘We are committed to keeping the community informed about project impacts over the next 18 months. We encourage residents who want fortnightly updates to sign up to our Bypass E Newsletter.’

Stage 1 to be completed by Christmas this year

The plan is for Stage 1 to be completed by Christmas this year. Weather permitting, the Bypass project will be delivered before the end of 2020.

This project has been made possible through funding from the NSW Government including the Restart NSW Growing Local Economies Fund.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro welcomed the start of works, saying the dedicated bypass will help keep through-traffic moving and reduce the number of vehicles in the CBD. ‘This project will make a real difference for locals who will see reduced traffic congestion in the town centre, making it much easier for them to get around,’ he said.

‘That’s going to improve liveability and support local businesses, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to targeted infrastructure investment in our regional communities to ensure they continue to be great places to live, work and visit.’

For more information about the Byron Bay bypass and to sign up to the Bypass E Newsletter visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/byronbypass

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  1. Due to the absence of footpaths, the backpacker pedestrian traffic along Burns Milton and Wentworth Streets to the Arts Factory, Piggery and the Yoga Studios in Skinners Shoot Road is already life threatening.

    With the addition of the Butler Street Bus Station, this will become worse.

    Drivers to and from this area and Skinners Shoot generally now find dodging potholes, skateboarders pedestrians on the road and other cars exceedingly dangerous.

    It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed or dangerously injured.

    Footpaths MUST be installed – now.

  2. Thank God this is finally happening. Well done Byron Council but please look at the issue of pedestrian safety.

  3. Why has it taken Byron shire council so long to achieve and finally act upon this decision on a by pass that should have been approved 20 years ago the land slip between the pass and Clarke’s beach is a fine example of passing the buck and in fighting just like all the lost legal battles and who pays for all this not the visitors but the residents and the people who call Byron bay home I lived in Byron for over 20 years raised a family and had several businesses finally getting so sick of the lack of positive decision making and making it a better place for everyone after 10 years away I have returned with my wife and am really hoping that things have changed woops the monstrosity on the way into town which is called the cheese gratter so sorry a work of art or should I say blah blah blah as I would hate to offend anyone I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder may be just a suggestion wouldn’t it have been better to maybe go along the lines of dolphins and whales instead so I guess not much has changed just my opinion

  4. Come on Community stand up to this absolute eco destruction from a Council who are just incompetent and just reeks of hypocrisy,

    You got a weekend to get some tripods and lockons organised,

    I hope you not leaving it to us old fellers to do it ourselves, but it seems to be the case,

  5. Hi quality, diversified high density housing & infrastructure in the local towns (not ugly high rise). Face the reality this is a tourist area. Expend energy expanding and improving the local land and sea ecosystems. Reforestation, become known for world class hiking trails, cycle paths, and abundant wildlife living close to towns.
    Byron and surrounds has already done a fantastic long term job of ecosystem reovery and maintenance and curbing high rise development. That is why it doesnt look like the Gold Coast and attracts more visitors than Tassie. So less energy on judging art work and roads in already built up areas. More energy on finding land to regenerate, expand housing and human infrastructure in existing towns as opposed to sprawl into potential or eisting ecosystems. Yes I know the bypass is taking a small chunk of trees near town but you get the context.
    You cant live here and complain about everything that allows you and others to live here. You cant oppose urban sprawl and higher density in the towns. It’s a matter of intelligent design.
    With new car technology able to drastically reduce road kill there is no reason we cant make 6 storey compact European style towns right in amongst the forest and wildlife.
    A shared vision based on what the area has to deal with. Not opposing everything and leaving a busy eclectic mess that works for no one the environment.


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