STANDSTILL: Driver patience has been tested due to heavy congestion through Coffs Harbour.
STANDSTILL: Driver patience has been tested due to heavy congestion through Coffs Harbour. Trevor Veale

End in sight for Coffs Harbour gridlock

CONGESTION through Coffs Harbour has resulted in Coffs Harbour City Council fast-tracking the Duke St extension.

The council’s closure of the Harbour Dr/Gordon St intersection for road works last month has seen traffic come to a virtual standstill through the city.

To ease congestion, the council will open the partially completed Duke St extension on Wednesday, weather permitting, to provide a temporary bypass of the construction site.

The council’s director of sustainable infrastructure Mick Raby is confident it will alleviate congestion.

“We have accelerated work on the initial stages of the Duke St extension so it can be used by light vehicles,” he said.

“The bypass will operate until the new Harbour Dr/Gordon St intersection is formally opened around the beginning of September.”

The Duke St extension bypass will then be closed so final work on the road and landscaping can be completed.

The bypass route will enable southbound motorists to bypass the city centre from Coffs St via Gordon and Vernon Sts then right into the Duke St extension before turning left onto Harbour Dr.

Northbound motorists will also be able to access the temporary Duke St extension from Harbour Dr.

Anyone heading to locations east or west of the CBD is still being encouraged to use Albany or Orlando Sts while the Harbour Dr/Gordon St intersection works continue.



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