WOLLONGONG City Council has been working with the Roads and Maritime Serice, Rail Corp and Stockland to develop a solution for access in and out of McCauley’s Beach Estate.
Council says an investigation has been undertaken regarding traffic on the Sturdee Avenue rail bridge including two way traffic, one way traffic or shared traffic.
Increasing vehicle access via Sturdee Avenue Bridge is not a suitable option due to a range of safety concerns including sight lines, narrow roads, established culture of pedestrians and capacity of the current bridge.
While it may be considered more convenient to allow traffic to access Sturdee Avenue, the safety of residents and community members is of greater importance, says Council.
Due to safety issues that would arise by allowing additional traffic movements across Sturdee Avenue Bridge and into Sturdee and Beattie Avenues, Council is proposing to restrict vehicle access to the bridge.
Vehicles accessing the Vesuvius site currently use Sturdee Avenue bridge, however this business is in the process of relocating which is anticipated to occur towards the end of 2012 or early 2013.
The proposal allows traffic from Vesuvius to continue to have access to the Sturdee Avenue Bridge until early 2013, however a temporary barrier would be erected to restrict any other vehicles from accessing the bridge from McCauley’s Beach.
In early 2013 the temporary barrier would be removed and permanent gates installed at each end of the bridge allowing only pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge.
Council is inviting the community to comment on the proposal. Feedback forms, Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheets and maps of the proposed changes are available at Thirroul and Wollongong libraries or at the drop in kiosk.
The drop-in kiosk will be held at Thirroul District Community Centre and Library, Black Diamond Room, on Wednesday August 22 from 5.30-7pm.
The consultation continues until Monday September 3.