Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the new designs addressed many of the concerns raised in the hundreds of submissions from the community, businesses and Council, but there are still improvements that could be made.
“They have improved the design for the line of sight at the western approach at St Aubins Street and introduced a highway underpass and offload ramp at the southern approach which goes part of the way to addressing the concerns of the 100km/hr speed limit,” he said.
“The design for the northern end still has problems and needs further modifying.
“Council’s primary concern has always been the emergency vehicle access across the rail line and we also wish to remove heavy vehicles from the CBD to improve safety and amenity.
“However, after a decade of advocating for a solution to the town being bisected by the rail line which prevents access for emergency vehicles, we will still have that problem while the bypass is being built,” Mayor Bedggood.
“Council staff and the councillors will review the latest report and make a further response after deliberation at the next Ordinary Council meeting on 25 July 2016.
Council will continue to work with the RMS to improve the bypass and particularly the rail overpass options. We encourage the community to continue to make their views known to the RMS during the community consultation due later in 2016.
“Council is keeping faith that the RMS will make further modifications to create a better design for both the bypass and the overpass,” Cr Bedggood said.
Read the RMS’ Scone bypass reports
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