14 June 2016 CBD Road Closures

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Road Closures Update - 1 July 2016

Work on the Duke Street Extension is to be accelerated to allow traffic to use it as a temporary bypass of the Harbour Drive/Gordon Street works.

The initial focus will be on construction of the road alone so that traffic can use it within two weeks, weather permitting.

The bypass will then operate until the Harbour Drive/Gordon intersection is formally opened around the end of August/beginning of September.

The Duke Street Extension bypass will then be closed so that final work on the road and landscaping​​ can be completed.

The final Duke Street Extension is expected to reopen around the end of October.

 Media Release Issued on 14 June 2016:

The intersection of Harbour Drive and Gordon Street will be closed to traffic from Thursday, June 23, while the roundabout is removed, traffic lights are installed and drainage works are completed.

The works are expected to take around 10 weeks, weather permitting.

The primary aim of the changes is to help reduce the risk of flooding in Harbour Drive as the current road levels and configuration of the intersection hold back storm water heading towards Coffs Creek from south-east of the city centre.

By lowering the road level at the Harbour Drive/Gordon Street intersection by 500mm, the flood level in Harbour Drive is expected to drop by up to 240mm. The need for these works has been identified for a number of years and form part of the citywide Flood Mitigation Program, as well as the CBD Masterplan. The road surface and the roundabout at the intersection also require replacement.

“Replacing the roundabout with lights is also key to making the CBD an area where there is more of a balance between the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, cars and commercial vehicles,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.

Only light vehicles will have access to Harbour Drive west from the Pacific Highway, with a turnaround point located west of the closed intersection. Heavy vehicle deliveries may be made through Park Avenue Lane and Vernon Street. Drivers are advised to take precautions when entering these roads.

Alternate traffic access to the CBD will be:

  • CBD North – via Coffs Street, Duke Street, Vernon Street and Castle Street.

  • CBD South – via Park Avenue, Park Avenue Lane, Albany Street, Earl Street.

  • Coffs Jetty and Hogbin Drive – via Albany Street, Park Avenue and Orlando Street.

Pedestrians will have access through the closed intersection during construction. 

Daily updates on traffic conditions – including the CBD works – can be found at www.myroadinfo.com.au and via the Myroadinfo app.