Missing link causing some consternation
By LEE McDOUGALL
IT may have been on the drawing board since 1959, but come Monday residents will have one final chance to comment on the missing link of Hogbin Drive between Harbour Drive and Orlando Street.
Coffs Harbour City Council project manager Allan Hindmarsh said the council was well aware of the issues raised by those residents in the immediate vicinity, with a static display being erected at the council administration building on Monday allowing the broader community the opportunity to comment.
"We have visited quite a few residents and have had received numerous letters from residents," Mr Hindmarsh said.
The council has held two information sessions in recent weeks with nearby residents, with question time held at the end of each session.
Mr Hindmarsh said the council would examine all suggestions and keep residents informed through future newsletters.
The main area of concern raised by residents (see story below) is that of a T-intersection from Watsonia Avenue onto Hogbin Drive and the removal of a five-way roundabout.
"In 1994, when the EIS was originally approved, a five-way roundabout was included," Mr Hindmarsh said.
"In the past 12 years, however, we have learnt a lot about roundabouts. The distance between the legs of the roundabout is critical, and if the legs are too close, there is not enough room for driver reaction and it becomes a serious safety issue."
As a result, the originally proposed five-way roundabout has been abandoned in favour of the proposed T-intersection.
"The residents have suggested an acceleration lane be included, and we will examine this option," Mr Hindmarsh said.
Work on the $15 million project will start in July/August on the Albany Street to Coffs Creek section, which will include a roundabout at the Harbour Drive intersection. Work will also commence at this time on the bridge over Coffs Creek.
Construction of the bridge is expected to be completed by February, 2007, with the new road expected to be open to traffic by mid 2007.