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,
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
“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
Alternate traffic access to the CBD will be:
CBD North – via Coffs Street, Duke Street, Vernon Street and
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
updates on traffic conditions – including the CBD works – can be found at www.myroadinfo.com.au and via the