MERRY GO ROUND: U-turn bays are situated at the intersection re-directing traffic to alternative routes around the CBD, creating traffic congestion.
MERRY GO ROUND: U-turn bays are situated at the intersection re-directing traffic to alternative routes around the CBD, creating traffic congestion. Trevor Veale

City traffic congests

PEAK minute is on its way to becoming peak hour in Coffs Harbour with the closure of Gordon St and Harbour Dr this week causing congestion on the Pacific Hwy and the CBD.

The intersection works created heavy congestion on the Pacific Hwy as well as Park Ave and Albany St.

Traffic lights along the Pacific Hwy at Coffs Harbour are being adjusted by Roads and Maritime Services to help improve traffic flow in the coming days.

Karina Fogg of Luxe Artistry and Craig Daley of Mass Nutrition are among the retailers closest to the intersection already feeling the inconvenience of the works with barricades, construction noise and dust proving a hindrance to trading.

Ms Fogg said she believed the Gowings development would be positive for the town but wasn't sure about the traffic lights.

"The end result of having this developed will be good because it's been sitting vacant for a long time, so I think once that is developed it could be good," she said.

"I'm not sure if the traffic lights are the right way to go either."

Chairman of the City Centre Masterplan committee, Rod McKelvey, said the construction timing was set to avoid hurt to retailers.

"It was always intended we'd be doing it at this time of year where it would make the least impact on their trading conditions," he said.

Mr McKelvey said the construction works would prove beneficial for the CBD in the long term.



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