With citizen unrest over the River Street Bridge proposal gaining momentum via a petition, a semi-retired Engineer and the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee are among hundreds of locals that have put forward an alternative proposal to the state government's current plans.
Allan Murphy who had a long career as an Engineer and Project Manager specialising in community consultation and roadworks has submitted a three-stage plan to the Roads and Maritime Service.
"It is my view that the current RMS proposal is a very short sighted attempt at providing a band-aid only solution to too much through traffic (light and heavy) passing key points in the city, thus impacting on local traffic movement," he said.
"I believe the beefy sum of money proposed to be spent would be much better spent on a longer-term approach that better addresses the issues as the city continues to grow."
Mr Murphy says his proposal would solve many current traffic issues.
"My proposal is a Dubbo Western Bypass, a Dubbo South Bridge and Yarrandale Road floodway and a Dubbo southern link road," he said.
"My proposal gets all through traffic out of the city, especially along Whylandra Street, trucks can go around the city to depots, or through without having to go near the CBD and it allows flood movement to and from the city in all directions in major floods.
"The alignment of the western ring-road better hugs higher ground, and the Troy Bridge site requires a much shorter and hence less costly bridge and it will provide ring-road options around the city for traffic from the west wanting to go either north, south, east or toward Wellington."
Karina McLachlan of the Stop the River Street Bridge Community Group said her petition has more than 3000 signatures at this stage.
"We aim for at least 10,00 signatures and we feel that will confirm the survey done by council that this bridge is not wanted," she said.
Lachlan Regional Transport Committee member Garry Braithwaite said a submission to the RMS was spoken about at recent committee meeting.
"We spoke at length about a proposal that we already submitted to the Roads Minister and we fully support the Dubbo Regional Council's call for a bypass," he said.
RMS Director Western region Alistair Lunn said once the display period ends all public feedback would be considered and responded to.
"A submissions report that outlines feedback received and a summary of responses will be prepared and be publicly available once finalised," he said.
"RMS values the community's feedback and the consultation process to provide a third crossing of the Macquarie River in Dubbo is ongoing."
Mr Lunn acknowledged public unrest over the usefulness of the River Street Bridge during a flood and said the project would stack up in a flood.
"The new Dubbo $140 million Bridge project, over the Macquarie River in Dubbo will provide flood immunity for Newell Highway traffic up to a one in a 20-year flood event, and access for local traffic up to a one in 50-year event," he said.