Traffic-light intersection construction at Coffs Harbour

THE new traffic-light controlled intersection at Harbour Drive/Gordon Street is to be opened to vehicles on Thursday, September 1.

"Construction went extremely smoothly and the works have been completed exactly on schedule," said Mick Raby, Council's Director Sustainable Infrastructure. "It was a very tight timeframe of 10 weeks, but the contractor and crews worked consistently hard to make sure the CBD would reopen to traffic on time."

The works included a major upgrade of storm water drainage, the removal of the roundabout and the installation of traffic lights.

The primary aims of the work were to help reduce the risk of flooding in Harbour Drive, as the previous configuration of the intersection and the road levels held back storm water, and led to localised flooding in the CBD and also to improve pedestrian safety in the CBD.

"Replacing the roundabout with lights will also ensure there is more of a balance between the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, cars and commercial vehicles in the future - a key aspect of the CBD Masterplan," added Mr Raby.

While the intersection was closed, a separate project to raise the shared pedestrian and traffic zone area on Harbour Drive was also undertaken - and this will also open on September 1.

"This was the first part of the $2million City Square revitalisation and is aimed at more clearly connecting City Square with the pedestrian pavement on the northern side of Harbour Drive, thereby opening up greater potential for major events in the city centre," said Rod McKelvey, Chair of the CBD Masterplan Committee. "Having a raised shared zone also helps highlight the importance of access for pedestrians and those using mobility aids over traffic.

"The second phase of the revitalisation will include new shade structures built of steel, glass and timber, new paving and new seating."

The partially completed extension of Duke Street, which was temporarily opened to traffic to provide a bypass of the CBD during the intersection works, will remain open until work restarts on completion of the permanent road and landscaping.

The work on the permanent Duke Street Extension is expected to start around the end of October.

Pic cap: The works during construction.

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