The campaign is gaining momentum to make it easier for pedestrians to cross Lawrence Hargrave Drive in Thirroul.
Initial calls were for a pedestrian crossing near Henley Rd, however locals have also expressed concerns for the safety of people crossing further South, near Cochrane Rd.
While there is considerable support for the plan, the exact mechanics have become a sticking point, with consideration for traffic flow and existing driveways a concern for both Wollongong City Council and local residents.
Councillor Leigh Colacino has placed a motion on the agenda for next Monday night’s Council meeting, asking Council to write to the RMS and ask that a crossing be considered.
The request has the support of fellow Ward One Councillors MIthra Cox and Jenelle Rimmer who are also calling for a meeting on-site, bringing together local residents, businesses and decision-makers.
While Council has a say in the management of the road, Lawrence Hargrave Drive is controlled by the State Government, so all decisions must pass through the RMS, which could mean more money will be available as stakeholders work toward a solution to the situation.
One of the suggestions put forward is an overpass, to allow safe access without impacting traffic flow.
This of course would require a significant State Government investment- and is unlikely to be built in the short term.
Could an overpass be the best way for pedestrians to cross our increasingly busy local road? Would local residents want this overhead? And would Northern Illawarra residents approve of the visual impact?