Congested Memorial Drive merge lane to get attention

Roads and Maritime Services is considering adding an extra lane to the intersection of the northbound Memorial Drive off ramp and the Princes Highway. Picture: Robert Peet

Adding an extra turning lane at a North Wollongong intersection could be the solution to stop the congestion that routinely occurs there.

But it could see a local high school lose some land.

Investigations are continuing to provide an additional right-turn lane. – A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman on the congested Memorial Drive offramp

The intersection is at the end of the northbound merging lane on and off Memorial Drive at Gwynneville and the Princes Highway overpass.

During peak periods vehicles regularly queue up at the lights, flowing back down the merging lanes.

This causes problems for drivers looking to speed up to 80km/h and merge onto Memorial Drive.

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesman has said the government body was aware of the issues with traffic at the intersection

In 2013, the right-turn lane was extended to better accommodate the queues but traffic has worsened since then.

“RMS regularly monitors traffic volumes and is aware of increasing volumes and queuing along Memorial Drive at Gwynneville during peak hours,” the spokesman said.

RMS has been in discussion with Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts over what it hopes to do with the intersection with the merge lane and the Princes Highway.

The talks have taken place because the school’s sporting fields run alongside the northwestern edge of the merging lane leading to the intersection

“RMS has held discussions with Wollongong High School of Performing Arts about the potential impact of an upgrade at this location,” the Roads and Maritime Services spokesman said.

“Investigations are continuing to provide an additional right-turn lane, with…

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