The Ajax Avenue extension in North Wollongong will improve car access to the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus.
A plan to divert traffic from Keira Street to an alternative traffic route via Throsby Drive and Denison Street is one of the key features of a traffic access plan for Wollongong city for the next 20 years.
Wollongong City Council will vote tonight on the Wollongong City Centre Access and Movement Strategy, which covers public transport, car access and parking, bicycle access and pedestrians.
The alternative traffic route would reduce traffic in the city centre – many drivers currently using Keira Street do not stop in the city centre.
A number of works would be required for the alternative route.
These include pedestrian safety improvements at the roundabout at the Flinders Street-Campbell Street-Throsby Drive intersection; a left slip lane in Throsby Drive at Denison Street; and the installation of traffic lights at the Victoria Street-Robinson Street-Denison Street intersection.
A right turn from Denison Street to Crown Street would be provided until the Crown Street-Denison Street-Gladstone Avenue intersection upgrade.
At present, about 14,000 vehicles use Keira Street each day and without the alternative traffic route, that could rise to 18,000 vehicles per day by 2020.
If the alternative traffic route goes ahead, the predicted daily traffic volume on Keira Street in 2020 would be 13,000 vehicles.
The traffic access plan also calls for the extension of Ajax Avenue in North Wollongong to improve car access to the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus while reducing traffic congestion on Bourke and Flinders streets.
The Access and Movement Strategy aims to make the city centre more pedestrian friendly by improving footpaths, kerb ramps and crossing points, and introducing car speed reduction measures.
Bus priority measures would be introduced at key locations to improve bus travel times, bus passenger infrastructure would be better, and a feasibility study for a southern shuttle bus service would be done.
The strategy also includes construction of a range of multi-storey car parks around the perimeter of the city centre and more remote park-and-ride facilities.