Work is underway to improve safety through Otford, following the release of crash statistics for that section of the road.
The Federal Government has committed $365,000 to the project, with the State Government adding another $405,000 for work on Lady Wakehurst Drive between McKell Avenue and Otford Road.
Heathcote MP Lee Evans says the work aims to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes.
“Lady Wakehurst Drive is a popular tourist route, particularly for motorcyclists, but the road is narrow in parts,” he says. ” After a crash analysis, Roads and Maritime Services found in the five years to June 2014 there were 42 recorded crashes including 31 casualties.
“The road will be widened around the hairpin bends,guardrail installed and new pull-over bays installed.”
Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm until Friday June2 . The road will remain open on weekends.
Otford commuters will need to park on the western side of the station.
A Wollongong Police traffic operation held earlier this month saw 13 drivers caught speeding, including three who were issued with suspension notices for travelling moor than 45km over the speed limit.
Three unregistered vehicles were stopped, eight cars defected with more than 100 Random Breath Tests carried out.
“While we encourage motorists to enjoy the beauty of the Royal National Park,” says police Sergeant Palmowski, “you must abide by the road rules and drive to the conditions of the road.”