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Is this the end of Towradgi’s famous ‘hump’? Council’s plan to slow Towradgi Road traffic

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The famous ‘Towradgi Hump’. Picture: Google Streetview

IS this end of the famous ‘Towradgi Hump’?

Wollongong City Council are proposing to slow traffic along Towradgi Road by installing a pedestrian refuge and speed humps on either side of the ‘hump’, created by the bridge over the South Coast Railway.

A Council spokesperson said there have been a number of serious rear-end crashes on the westbound approach to Memorial Drive. There are also accounts of speeding eastbound vehicles becoming airborne while driving over the ‘Towradgi Hump’.

“We’re proposing to put in speed humps on either side of the railway bridge to slow speeds and help prevent more crashes,” Council says on its website.

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Wollongong City Council’s proposal for Towradgi Road

However, the plan has not pleased everyone, with some residents voicing their concerns over the proposal.

Others have expressed sadness at seeing the possible demise of the ‘hump’. Musician and entertainer, Steve Radburn, whose band, the Four Kinsmen put together a jingle and skit on the hump, told local media that the thrill of becoming slightly airborne while driving over the bridge has been ‘a coming of age’ experience for new drivers.

Council said people currently using the zebra crossing at the Carters Lane intersection are at risk of being hit by vehicles. With the planned pedestrian refuge, the road will be narrowed to a single traffic lane in each direction and people crossing the road will be able to wait safely in the middle. This will do away with motorists needing to stop at the zebra crossing.

The design plan shows the turn from Carters Lane into Towradgi Rd changed to ‘left turn only’, and new ‘no right turn’ into Carters Lane for eastbound vehicles on Towradgi Road. A new kerb ramp is also proposed for the corner of Carters Lane and Towradgi Road.

Works are expected to be completed in 2020/21.  The Council is asking for feedback on the plan, which closes on Monday June 22, 2020.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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