Traffic through Northern Illawarra is set to worsen this Spring, with the State Government announcing they’ll completely close Bulli Pass for two months from the October long weekend.
The move is expected to exacerbate traffic problems on Lawrence Hargrave Drive through Thirroul, where lengthy delays are becoming the norm.
Bulli Pass will be closed to all traffic until December 5 while the RMS installs 500 meters of rock-fall safety fencing at the tope end, from the Princes Motorway to the hairpin bend. Another closure has been proposed during the middle of next year so further fencing can be installed.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward says the fence will be installed above the road and barriers will be put in place. Vegetation will also be cleaned and pruned. ” This is the safest way to carry out the work,” he says, “for the long term benefit of all road users.”
The road will be opened on two separate days, when the cruise ship arrives at Port Kembla, and for the annual Sydney to Gong bike ride.
Traffic through the Northern Illawarra is already an issue, with southbound delays stretching as far back as Austinmer on weekends, and northbound traffic jams extending well into Bulli. Diverting Bulli Pass traffic to Bald Hill is expected to create even larger problems.
The RMS is taking feedback on the closure. If you’d like to comment, please email here or post to RMS. PO Box 477 Wollongong. 2520.