Fly into a traffic jam
By LEE McDOUGALL
THERE are few things in life more frustrating than being stuck in a traffic jam, and for regular flyers this is becoming a common occurrence at the intersection of Aviation Drive and Hogbin Drive.
Coffs Harbour City Council is looking at ways in which to improve the intersection, which sees motorists delayed for as much as 10 minutes during peak periods.
'Peak periods' occur twice a day when Virgin and Qantas flights from Sydney coincide in arrival times.
"The council is currently looking at signposting the in- tersection for those trying to turn right out of Aviation Drive, that there is an alternate route into the city if they turn left and then turn right onto Stadium Drive," a council spokesperson said.
"The council's traffic committee has also examined upgrading the intersection and looked at the speed limit.
"This section of Hogbin Drive is within the acceptable limits required by the RTA for a 100km/h speed limit."
The intersection has been raised several times by Cr Ian Ovens, who is the chair of the City Business Units Committee, which overseas the airport.
"The airport is an important asset for the city and region as a whole. It makes sense to invest in improving the infrastructure to meet growing demand," Cr Ovens said recently.
The airport currently handles over 30,000 aircraft movements ? 5000 of which are for passenger aircraft. The terminal handles approximately 260,000 passengers each year.
And once the missing section of Hogbin Drive is completed in mid 2007, traffic movements along Hogbin Drive are expected to increase to 14,000 vehicles a day, thus placing greater pressure on this already busy intersection.