Proposed Road Safety Improvements for Towradgi Road

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As part of Council’s commitment to improving road safety, we’re proposing to put in a new pedestrian refuge on Towradgi Road and some speed humps on either side of the railway bridge to reduce vehicle speeds.

There have been some serious rear-end crashes on the westbound approach to Memorial Drive. There are also accounts of speeding eastbound vehicles becoming airborne at this point on Towradgi Road. We’re proposing to put in speed humps on either side of the railway bridge to slow speeds and help prevent more crashes.

Another road safety issue in this area is that people using the zebra crossing at the Carters Lane intersection are at risk of being hit by vehicles. At the moment, you’ll often see vehicles driving around others that have stopped at the crossing waiting to let people cross. As it’s unsafe, the crossing doesn’t meet current road safety standards, so it will be removed and replaced by a new refuge crossing.

With the new 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. It won’t rely on all drivers having to stop, as people will only be crossing one side at a time when there’s a safe gap. The picture shows an example of a refuge 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 Rd. A new kerb ramp is also proposed for the corner of Carters Lane and Towradgi Road.

Works are expected to be complete in 2020/21. With good weather, they’ll take around 6-8 weeks to complete. We’ll let residents in the area know when works are planned to start closer to the time.

The Frequently Asked Questions and Consultation Plan provide more information. We’d like to know your thoughts on these proposed road safety improvements. To join the conversation, complete the feedback form, ask us a question about the plan in the Q&A, email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4227 7111.

Let us know your thoughts by Monday 22 June 2020.

As part of Council’s commitment to improving road safety, we’re proposing to put in a new pedestrian refuge on Towradgi Road and some speed humps on either side of the railway bridge to reduce vehicle speeds.

There have been some serious rear-end crashes on the westbound approach to Memorial Drive. There are also accounts of speeding eastbound vehicles becoming airborne at this point on Towradgi Road. We’re proposing to put in speed humps on either side of the railway bridge to slow speeds and help prevent more crashes.

Another road safety issue in this area is that people using the zebra crossing at the Carters Lane intersection are at risk of being hit by vehicles. At the moment, you’ll often see vehicles driving around others that have stopped at the crossing waiting to let people cross. As it’s unsafe, the crossing doesn’t meet current road safety standards, so it will be removed and replaced by a new refuge crossing.

With the new 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. It won’t rely on all drivers having to stop, as people will only be crossing one side at a time when there’s a safe gap. The picture shows an example of a refuge 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 Rd. A new kerb ramp is also proposed for the corner of Carters Lane and Towradgi Road.

Works are expected to be complete in 2020/21. With good weather, they’ll take around 6-8 weeks to complete. We’ll let residents in the area know when works are planned to start closer to the time.

The Frequently Asked Questions and Consultation Plan provide more information. We’d like to know your thoughts on these proposed road safety improvements. To join the conversation, complete the feedback form, ask us a question about the plan in the Q&A, email engagement@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 4227 7111.

Let us know your thoughts by Monday 22 June 2020.

Consultation has concluded
  • Proposal update

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    about 2 months ago

    The community engagement on this draft proposal for road safety improvements for Towradgi Road closed at midnight, Monday 22 June 2020.

    We thank all those who took the time to provide their comments and feedback on the draft concept. This proposal raised significant community interest, with more than 200 individual responses, and we welcome the diversity of comments we received throughout the engagement period.

    Throughout the engagement we monitored the commentary and have reviewed the feedback that came in up until midnight on Monday 22 June 2020.

    We will not be proceeding with the draft concept at this time. There remains safety-related issues that are important to the local community at this location. Council is committed to finding ways to improve safety, particularly around the pedestrian crossing on Towradgi Road adjacent to the Carters Lane intersection. Any future proposals would be informed by this community engagement and would be put out once again for further community comment.

    We thank all those who took the time to provide their feedback and will contact them directly to provide a project update.

  • The conversation so far

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    about 2 months ago

    We're committed to hearing, and responding to, the grassroots feedback from all road users and pedestrians. We’re hearing a range of important issues being raised and valuable information is being shared in regards to the draft concept designs for Towradgi Road. Thank you to all those who've taken the opportunity to provide feedback to Council through this page. If you haven’t already, be sure to provide your feedback before 11.59pm Monday 22 June.