1 July 2016 Double Parking Avoidance Plea

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Park Avenue shoppers are being urged to use alternative parking in the CBD rather than double park and wait for an on-street space, which is currently adding to congestion in the city centre. 

“We totally understand that the temporary closure of the Harbour Drive and Gordon Street intersection for necessary upgrades is causing increased traffic congestion around the CBD – and we very much appreciate the patience the community has been showing as this work moves forward,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director Sustainable Infrastructure.

“Deviations are in place and one of those is to direct CBD traffic through Park Avenue. Unfortunately, the traffic flow is often impeded right back to the Pacific Highway at peak times by shoppers double parking outside Woolworths and halting the free movement of vehicles along the road. 

“We would ask shoppers to avoid blocking the traffic flow and, instead, use the nearby multi-storey carpark or a vacant space elsewhere.” 

Drivers should also be aware that the Police and Council Rangers will be patrolling Park Avenue and the current penalty for double parking is $248. 

Anyone going to a destination east of the Highway beyond the CBD is also reminded that they can use Albany Street or Orlando Street instead. 

The intersection of Harbour Drive and Gordon Street has been closed to traffic for ten weeks - weather permitting - from June 23 while the roundabout is removed, traffic lights are installed and drainage works are completed.

 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. Replacing the roundabout with lights will also help provide a better balance in the CBD between the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, cars and commercial vehicles.​