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.
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.