Motorists and cyclists will soon experience quicker and easier journeys through Cronulla, with work progressing to ease congestion at the busy intersection of Elouera Road and Kingsway.
Proposed upgrades to the intersection include adding a new right turn lane on Elouera Road to help prevent traffic building up and blocking the nearby through lane. Plans allow seven extra cars to fit into the upgraded turning bay, doubling capacity and allowing more efficient traffic flow.
With around 20,000 motorists using Kingsway each day, this corridor is crucial to keep people moving around Cronulla and the local region.
The project will also improve safety for cyclists by installing an on-road cycle lane for southbound riders on Elouera Road to connect with the existing cycle lane on Gerrale Street.
The important local Bali memorial will not be impacted by this work and artist’s impressions reflect the care taken to ensure the appearance of Peryman Square is maintained.
The first stage of work will start in December, and include relocating two accessible car parking spaces on Elouera Road further north, towards Mitchell Road, and road resurfacing work.
This minor work will be carried out between Sunday 9 and Sunday 23 December from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8pm to 5am Sunday to Thursday, weather permitting.
Before major work starts in 2019 the community is being asked to have a say on parking changes, with around 15 spaces to be removed on Elouera Road.
Roads and Maritime is working with Sutherland Shire Council to ensure as many of these spaces as possible are replaced. There are three proposals.
The first is to converting existing open space at the rear of the Mitchell Road car park to add 15 replacement spaces.
A second option is to change the existing untimed parking spaces on Mitchell Road, near Elouera Road, to four hour timed parking. This would replace 13 timed spaces removed from Elouera Road.
A third proposal is moving parking spaces on Mitchell Road, between Burke Road and Prince Street, from the west side of the road to the east side of the road. This would provide seven extra untimed spaces.
Feedback is also being sought on the work schedule for 2019, to ensure it minimises any potential disruption to local traffic, limits noise and maintains access to businesses and North Cronulla Beach.
To complete the project as quickly as possible, Roads and Maritime is proposing to work up to five nights and six days a week.
There will be temporary traffic changes during work hours, to ensure the safety of pedestrians, motorists and workers. Lane closures will be in place and may affect travel times.
The project team will be available at a pop-up kiosk outside Cronulla Post Office on Thursday 6 December, from 4pm to 7pm, and on Saturday 8 December from 10am to 1pm.
Roads and Maritime is requesting comments or suggestions on this project by Monday 17 December 2018. To have your say you contact the project team on 1800 572 004, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to PO Box 973, Parramatta NSW 2124.