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.
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
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.
would ask shoppers to avoid blocking the traffic flow and, instead, use the
nearby multi-storey carpark or a vacant space elsewhere.”
should also be aware that the Police and Council Rangers will be patrolling
Park Avenue and the current penalty for double parking is $248.
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.