As Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Thirroul gets busier and busier, residents are concerned a pedestrian could be hit while trying to cross the road.
Erin O’Dwyer is calling on the NSW government to place a pedestrian crossing on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, just southeast of the intersection with Henley Road.
She has also contacted Wollongong City Council looking for them to support her efforts.
Ms O’Dwyer said pedestrians crossed the road at this location to go to the beach as well as a cafe and nearby bus stops.
She added that it had become safer for her to drive her children to the beach rather than walk.
“Families trying to cross to the beach can wait up to 10 minutes for a break in the traffic,” Ms O’Dwyer wrote in a letter to Wollongong City councillors.
“As we near the peak summer season, traffic volume in the area will grow and the crossing here will become even more dangerous.
“I am very concerned that a pedestrian will be hit and killed, without an appropriate crossing.”
A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman said there were already “pedestrian facilities” at this location.
These would be two small islands on either side of the road, where cars would normally park.
“The facilities provide space for pedestrians to get a better line of sight of incoming traffic while the refuge reduces the amount of time spent on the road while crossing,” the spokeswoman said.
She added that there had been no reported crashes at this location where a pedestrian had been hit by a car.
However, the spokeswoman said investigations into pedestrian improvements along Lawrence Hargrave Drive were under way.
“Roads and Maritime Services is investigating funding under the Active Transport Program to develop additional pedestrian connectivity along this length of Lawrence Hargrave Drive,” she said.
“Roads and Maritime Services will inform the community once the project progresses.”