14 July 2016 City Square Facelift Begins

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14 July 2016 City Square Facelift Begins

Construction starts on Monday, July 18, on the new raised, shared pedestrian and traffic zone on Harbour Drive.

“We’re doing these works at the same time as the Gordon Street and Harbour Drive intersection is closed for major drainage and traffic lights works so that we can minimise the disruption to CBD traders and it’s also the quietest trading time,” said Rod McKelvey, Chair of the CBD Masterplan Committee.

The works are expected to take six weeks and be completed in early September, when the Gordon Street and Harbour Drive intersection is also due to be finished and reopened to traffic.

Raising the shared pedestrian and traffic zone area on Harbour Drive will more clearly connect City Square with the pedestrian pavement on the northern side of Harbour Drive, opening up greater potential for the City Centre and City Square for major events.

The raised shared zone will also underline the higher importance of access for pedestrians and those using mobility aids over traffic.

“The shared zone is the first part of the planned $2million City Square revitalisation,” added Mr McKelvey.

“The second phase will include new shade structures built of steel, glass and timber, new paving and new seating.”

From Monday, the existing temporary light vehicle turning bay on the western side of Harbour Drive is to be relocated beyond the shared zone construction area during the works.

A special delivery access point will be created at the turning bay to allow Coffs Coast Growers Market stall-holders access to City Square for set-up and pack-up on market days.

The construction site will be fenced throughout the works. Pedestrians will be directed to a crossing zone provided through the closed section of Harbour Drive.

Park Avenue Lane will provide access for goods deliveries to all Harbour Drive premises on the southern side impacted by the construction.​