Around 13,500 people use Bulli Pass each weekday and almost 13,000 every day over the weekend, so the decision to close the major road for two whole months, 24/7, diverting traffic down Bald Hill and along Lawrence Hargrave Drive will have massive impact on the Northern Illawarra.
Keira MP Ryan Park says already traffic is absolute bedlam through Thirroul and Bulli, so he’s unsure how Lawrence Hargrave Drive is expected to cope.
“I have written to the Minister and the RMS today asking why the road has to be completely closed. I want to know if they’re doing everything in their power to get the job done quickly,” he says. “Are they doing night work? Are they working on weekends? Surely one lane can remain open for a contra-flow?”
“I have already asked the Minister several times to better-co-ordinate the lights through Thirroul and Bulli. We are still waiting for that to happen. And negotiating the Bulli Highway at peak periods is a nightmare. Now the road will be flooded by people who are not familiar with zig zagging between turning traffic and parked vehicles.
“I’m not convinced the decision-makers have looked at every option. Surely they could operate a shuttle-lane controlled by a mobile traffic light? This diversion of an enormous volume of traffic onto already crowded local roads is a recipe for disaster.”