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Work begins on Bulli’s controversial $3.6M ‘band-aid’ traffic busting solution

THE $3.6 million effort to ease traffic congestion through Bulli will begin next week.

The NSW Government’s plan to reduce building traffic congestion through Bulli will begin with the addition of a lane to the southbound on-ramp on the Princes Highway to Memorial Drive of Monday February 7.

Other work in the planning includes changes near Bulli train station, with new parking options to offset controversial extended clearway hours on the Princes Highway through the shopping centre.

While some have welcomed the plan, others, including Bulli shop owners, have slammed the proposal, labelling it a band-aid solution, saying it will further damage business in the heritage listed precinct, and have called for the speedy extension of Memorial Drive through to Bulli Pass.

The roundabout upgrade at Bulli is expected to take about six months, weather permitting. Then the remaining work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm, weather permitting.

Temporary concrete barriers will be installed on Memorial Drive along the right shoulder from the roundabout to the pedestrian overbridge, and single lane closures will be in place during the work.

During night work, the southbound on-ramp to Memorial Drive will be closed and detours will be in place via the Princes Highway through Woonona.

A reduced speed limit of 40 kmh will be in place during work for the safety of workers and motorists.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said motorists should allow five minutes of additional travel time, drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

“This work marks the first stage of a broader package of work to be carried out following community consultation in June and July last year, where community feedback showed strong support for the roundabout upgrade,” the spokesperson said.

“We have listened to the community, who told us clearly they want improved traffic conditions in Bulli and in particular, this roundabout upgrade is a priority.

“The planned improvements will help alleviate congestion and reduce queuing on both the Princes Highway and Memorial Drive, particularly during peak times.”

Transport for NSW is also progressing plans to upgrade the intersections of the Princes Highway with Grevillea Park Road and Point Street.

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About Mick Roberts

A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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