Mayor says sorry for CBD congestion
COFFS Harbour Mayor Denise Knight has apologised for the heavy traffic congestion following the start of construction works at Gordon St and Harbour Dr.
From last Thursday, traffic was crawling throughout Coffs Harbour's CBD with the main intersection closed off for works.
Talking on 2CSFM this morning, Cr Knight apologised for the inconvenience the closure of the CBD intersection has caused.
"The buck stops with me, particularly as the Mayor I just want to say that I'm really sorry to everybody," she said.
"It is inconvenient but at the end of the day it's going to be a great project."
The mayor said she and the councillors responded to the community's request to extend the public consultation period on Duke St, causing delays to the CBD Masterplan schedule to complete the extension before the intersection works commenced.
"It puts us in a really hard position, do what the community wants you to do or you stick to the timeline and that's where we were unfortunately," Cr Knight said.
"When I say all of us, it was all nine councillors that made those decisions."
Rescission motions by some councillors in relation to the project contributed to the delays.
Cr Knight said the rescission motions delayed the works by about two weeks.
The mayor said the severity of the congestion has led the council to fast track the Duke St extension road.
"We're accelerating the extension of Duke St so that will be done in two weeks, which is great."
For more on this story, pick up this Wednesday's edition of the Coffs Coast Advocate.