It has been confirmed by Coffs Harbour City Council that they are responsible for signs erected along the Pacific Highway with a message regarding the Coffs Bypass.
Council’s General Manager said it was at the request of the Coffs Harbour Bypass Working Group that a ‘simple’ message be made during the busy period.
Signs have since been removed.
It appears that one group unhappy with the cutting rather than tunnels in the Coffs Harbour Bypass are willing to act against the law to get their message across.
Many woke up on Saturday morning to yellow signs along the Pacific Highway from Boambee, all the way through the city with the slogan “Coffs Bypass Now! Tunnels, not cuttings”.
While most have since been removed, another sign has also been draped off the back of grandstand seating just inside the grounds to the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds facing the highway.
While it is yet to be confirmed who is responsible, various listeners have contacted Triple M with descriptions of the truck and two men seen putting up the signs in the early hours of the morning.
Triple M have contacted the Coffs Harbour City Council to seek assistance on the matter, however are still awaiting a response.
With a heavy focus on road safety during the Christmas holiday season, the signs have raised concerns from many regarding driver distractions.
In a statement from the Roads and Maritime Services, they have told Triple M, “Roads and Maritime is aware a number of unapproved signs relating to the Coffs Harbour bypass have been installed along the Pacific Highway through Coffs Harbour.
These unapproved signs are being/have been removed where they are in the road reserve and could cause driver distraction.
The safety of all road users and pedestrians is of paramount importance through Coffs Harbour and must be maintained, especially during this busy holiday period”.
The RMS are encouraging community members who wish to talk to us about the Coffs Harbour Bypass project to visit the dedicated Community Display at 11a Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Thursday.
The centre re-opens after the Christmas break on 14 January 2019.