Work has started on the Duke
Street extension and drainage improvement projects.
Construction is expected to
take about eight weeks to complete, weather permitting.
The Duke Street extension is
the first stage of a planned future CBD ring road system, one of the key principles
of the Coffs Harbour City Centre Masterplan 2031.
Chair of the Masterplan
Committee, Rod McKelvey, said a major goal of the Masterplan is to create
better – and more equal - access for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
“By building a permanent Duke Street extension
now, we not only save the city money, but we take the first step towards that
longer-term goal of providing the ring road system,” he said.
“The Masterplan Committee and
Council are aware of concerns expressed about the project, but we believe we’ve
come a long way towards achieving a balance that will provide safe pedestrian,
vehicular and cycle movement while preserving the values of the site.”
The construction of the Duke
Street extension is being brought forward to improve traffic flows in the
short-term and will offer an alternative route to the traffic light-controlled
Harbour Drive/Gordon Street intersection.
The Duke Street project also
includes drainage and flood mitigation improvements. Preliminary works will include
relocations of water services, street lighting and electricity supply, in
addition to the drainage works.
All efforts will be made during
the construction phase to minimise any impacts on business and traffic.