$1 million for Illawarra black spots

The Squires Way-Elliotts Road intersection in Fairy Meadow is one of five black spots in Wollongong to received federal funding. Picture: Adam McLean

The Squires Way-Elliotts Road intersection in Fairy Meadow is one of five black spots in Wollongong to received federal funding. Picture: Adam McLean

Five traffic locations in the Illawarra with significant crash histories will get more than $1 million worth of federal government attention.

As part of the federal government’s black spot program, $1.023 million will go to improve five intersections in the Wollongong City Council area.

More than 25 per cent of the funds will go to upgrading traffic lights at the Squires Way-Elliotts Road-Carters Lane intersection.

The federal government has allocated $295,000 to change the lights to allow for right turn phases to occur before through traffic gets a green light, rather than afterwards.

“The changes include extensive modifications to the traffic signal detectors, lantern displays and posts as well as re-programming of their operations to provide ‘green arrow’ right turns from Carters Lane and Squires Way,” a Wollongong City Council spokesman said.

The spokesman said the changes will help address the intersection’s “significant crash history”.

The lights at Gladstone Avenue and Bridge Street will also be upgraded to allow for safer turns.

“It is proposed that traffic signal phasing and lantern display changes will provide ‘green arrow’ turning movements for the right turn movement from the bridge to the north in Gladstone Avenue and vice versa for the simultaneous left turn,” the spokesman said.

The funding also provides money for roundabouts at three intersections – Keira Street-Edward Street and Kembla Street-Gipps Street in North Wollongong and Byamee Street-Mulda Street in Dapto.

The council spokesman said these roundabouts “address the significant crash history” at the intersections.

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