Adding an extra turning lane at a North Wollongong intersection could be the solution to stop the congestion that routinely occurs there.
But it could see a local high school lose some land.
Investigations are continuing to provide an additional right-turn lane.A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman on the congested Memorial Drive offramp
The intersection is at the end of the northbound merging lane on and off Memorial Drive at Gwynneville and the Princes Highway overpass.
During peak periods vehicles regularly queue up at the lights, flowing back down the merging lanes.
This causes problems for drivers looking to speed up to 80km/h and merge onto Memorial Drive.
A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesman has said the government body was aware of the issues with traffic at the intersection
In 2013, the right-turn lane was extended to better accommodate the queues but traffic has worsened since then.
“RMS regularly monitors traffic volumes and is aware of increasing volumes and queuing along Memorial Drive at Gwynneville during peak hours,” the spokesman said.
RMS has been in discussion with Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts over what it hopes to do with the intersection with the merge lane and the Princes Highway.
The talks have taken place because the school’s sporting fields run alongside the northwestern edge of the merging lane leading to the intersection
“RMS has held discussions with Wollongong High School of Performing Arts about the potential impact of an upgrade at this location,” the Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said.
“Investigations are continuing to provide an additional right-turn lane, with the concept in the early stage of development.”
The Mercury understands RMS has drawn up plans that involve resuming a strip of the school’s land – where the basketball courts sit – in order to make the extra lane.
There would also be an alteration of the intersection to accommodate two left-turn and two-right turn lanes.