To ease traffic congestion during the Harbour Drive/Gordon
Street intersection works, the partially-completed Duke Street extension has been opened to provide a temporary
bypass of the construction site.
“We have accelerated work on the initial stages of the Duke
Street Extension so that it can be used by light vehicles until the Harbour
Drive/Gordon Street project is finished,” said Mick Raby, Council’s Director
“The bypass will operate until the new Harbour Drive/Gordon Street
intersection is formally opened around the 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 bypass route will enable south-bound motorists to bypass
the City Centre from Coffs Street via Gordon Street and Vernon Street then
right into the Duke Street extension before turning left onto Harbour Drive.
Northbound motorists will also be able to access the
temporary Duke Street extension from Harbour Drive. Motorists should be aware
that the temporary bypass is still classed as a construction zone. Drivers
should use caution and follow traffic signage.
Signs are in place advising motorists of the diversion
option. All other CBD roads remain open to city centre traffic.
Anyone heading to locations east or west of the CBD is still
being encouraged to use Albany or Orlando Streets while the Harbour
Drive/Gordon Street intersection works continue.
The completed Duke Street Extension is expected to reopen
around the end of October.