A SOUTHERN bypass around Bathurst could be the answer to safety concerns along Stewart Street, according to Councillor Warren Aubin.
Cr Aubin and deputy mayor Bobby Bourke have recently raised concerns about the safety of pedestrians getting in and out of the cars along Stewart Street, saying it's only a matter of time before someone is hurt or killed.
The pair fear heavy vehicles, high traffic flow and a narrow parking lane along Stewart Street could prove a deadly combination, though a meeting with Roads and Maritime Services staff revealed no easy solution.
But Cr Aubin said a bypass around the city, similar to the one in Orange, could help ease the danger.
"The volume of traffic along the Stewart Street corridor is definitely getting higher and there are also a lot more trucks. That will be partly reduced if we get a bypass road," he said.
The RMS and council recently completed a roads study that included consideration of a southern bypass.
"Obviously it's not going to happen tomorrow, but it is back on the drawing board again," Cr Aubin said.
"A bypass really needs to come into fruition sooner rather than later. It has to happen.
"When it does, it will ease the number of truck movements through the city, but the problem is it could be eight to 10 years away ... depending on the funding."
Cr Aubin said another issue which will need to be looked at is another road and bridge out to Kelso.
"There was quite a lot when the traffic study came in.
Another area Cr Aubin said was highlighted in the traffic study was access to and from Kelso.
"Hereford Street is like Parramatta Road, even worse, especially in the morning and afternoon," he said.
"I know one woman living in Kelso said she has to leave half an hour earlier every morning just to get to work on time, the traffic is that bad.
"We definitely need another road out there."