Local residents are outraged, following news Lawrence Hargrave Drive will close completely for one week between Clifton and Scarborough.
There will be no vehicular access whatsoever from Sunday May 15 to Friday May 20, although pedestrians will be allowed through, as will cyclists, if they dismount.
There will also be lane closures between 8am-5pm from Monday May 9 to Friday May 13 and a 40km/hr speed limit will be in place.
$450,000 will be spent replacing drainage pipes under the road 450 meters north of Scarborough Public School.
The total closure of the road will once again split the Northern Illawarra, and isolate many families, who will be forced to travel back up Bald Hill and around to Bulli Pass in some cases, adding more than 30 minutes to the trip.
Many Scarborough Public School students live in Coalcliff and will be forced to travel up and around.
Clifton resident Annie Fisher says she’s not sure how it’s going to play out. “Surely they don’t need to close the entire road,” she says. “Both my kids attend school and other activities in Wollongong and I work in Wollongong, but at different times. Going up and around every time is simply not an option.”
Annie has spoken with the bus company in regard to school busses however they were yet to formulate a plan.