Millions to be spent on Illawarra road upgrades

Roads and Maritime Services is investigating installing traffic lights at the intersection of Keira Street and Springhill Road.
Roads and Maritime Services is investigating installing traffic lights at the intersection of Keira Street and Springhill Road.

Traffic lights at a busy intersection south of the Wollongong CBD are under consideration by Roads and Maritime Services.

The government is spending $2.4 million on a range of road projects in the Illawarra.

“This important road safety program is funded through the Community Road Safety fund where all speed camera revenue is sent,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward said.

This includes $375,000 for traffic modelling at the Springhill Road and Keira Street, Wollongong, to see if traffic lights are needed.

The big ticket item is $850,000 for safety improvements at the Five Islands Road-Flinders Street intersection.

“The need for safety improvements was identified in response to a high number of injury crashes at this location,” an RMS spokeswoman said.

“Upgrade work being investigated includes upgrading the road seal to a high level non-skid surface and improving the slope of the road around the curve.”

Also, $47,000 has been allocated to modify the Foleys Road-Gipps Street intersection to alter the traffic signals and create a dedicated right-turn lane.

The Crown Street-Darling Street intersection at Wollongong Hospital will have $395,000 spent on it while Port Kembla will see $480,000 for upgrades for Wollongong, Cowper and Illawarra streets