At last the Bray St fix
By DAVID MOASE
BRAY Street was blocked by vehicles yesterday but for once that may not be such a bad thing.
Rather than cars waiting to get through the always-busy intersection, the vehicles were Coffs Harbour City Council machines to be used in the creation of a new left-turn lane on to the Pacific Highway.
Work on the road-widening scheme began yesterday and will continue for another 10 weeks, with the aim of completing the work by the start of the next school holidays.
It is intended the extra lane, which will allow more vehicles to pass through the intersection on each phase of the lights, will reduce the inconvenience at one of the city's most notorious traffic black spots.
Traffic delays, both for through traffic and people visiting the Bray Street entertainment complex, are a common occurrence during busy holidays and weekends.
The project is being carried out at a cost of $400,000, with Bray Street traders contributing $100,000 and the council footing the remainder of the bill.
The council's director of city services, Stephen Sawtell, has warned motorists and pedestrians to expect significant delays.
"Strenuous steps are being taken to minimise any disruption to pedestrians and traffic in and around the junction during the work," he said.
Two works crews have been assigned to the project in an attempt to see it completed as quickly as possible.
Mr Sawtell said the council would consider the crews work through the night if that was necessary to finish the job on time.