DETOUR: The Duke St extension opened to traffic this week.
DETOUR: The Duke St extension opened to traffic this week. Trevor Veale

New road working well – for now – says business

MOTORISTS are taking advantage of the new Duke St extension road trough Pioneer Park during the Gordon St/ Harbour Rd roadworks, businesses say.

Photographer, Peter Sechi, whose business backs the road from Harbour Dr, has noticed a strong number take up of the new detour route since it opened on Tuesday afternoon.

The sales figures at Artisti cafe on Vernon St also highlight the increased traffic in the area.

Artisti owner, Luke Floyd his businesses has seen a "dramatic increase" since the road opened.

Mr Floyd said the cafe was up 20% on its average yearly sales on Wednesday, bringing its sales averages to where they were prior to the beginning of the roadworks.  

This compared to a drop in sales in recent weeks with the cafe down about a quarter of it's average sales within the first two days of the intersection works starting.

He can see the road proving beneficial for business for the remainder of the construction.

"I think that traffic will be great for the next eight weeks or so," Mr Floyd said.

In the long term, Mr Sechi said the extension road is a "short-sighted solution".

"I don't see it fixing the traffic woes at all, it's just going to bank up in front of Coles at the lights," he said.

The Duke St extension will close for completion of roadworks when the intersection is reopened in September.



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