The West High St approach to the Pacific Hwy will soon have the parking spaces removed to accommodate a third traffic lane.
The West High St approach to the Pacific Hwy will soon have the parking spaces removed to accommodate a third traffic lane. Brad Greenshields

Traffic flow in city's centre to improve

SOON motorists heading east along West High St won't be delayed by the wait caused by drivers turning right.

Two lanes will soon become three with the 30 minute parking spaces outside the Coffs Hotel to be removed to make way for a left turn only lane.

The existing two lanes will also have their own purpose. One for traffic turning right to head south on the Pacific Hwy and the other for going straight ahead into Harbour Dr.

The Local Traffic Committee's recommendation, made after discussing the issue with Roads and Maritime Services, was approved by councillors at the recent council meeting.

Coffs Harbour City Council Road Safety and Traffic Officer Anne Shearer said the move came after calls to ban the right hand turn from the intersection.

Such a move was considered but it was thought the additional lane on West High St would be the better option.

"If we diverted traffic off to another intersection, we'd just be adding to the traffic in another area," Ms Shearer said.

Official timing for the change is yet to be set but it's believed the move to three lanes will be completed at the very latest by the end of May.



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