RailCorp is starting work this week on a $2 million upgrade of the level crossing on Railway Street in Corrimal to improve safety and traffic flow for local motorists and pedestrians.
The upgrade will include new automatic gates and a range of safety improvements such as flashing lights, warning bells, safety signage and improved lighting for pedestrians.
Customer Service Manager, Wayne Simpson, said RailCorp is working with Wollongong City Council to complete the Corrimal upgrade and ensure the busy level crossing meets modern safety standards.
“The upgrade is expected to be completed in March and will mean some disruption to motorists while work takes place,” Mr Simpson said.
“One lane of Railway Street will be closed at the level crossing from today until Friday 24 February and traffic control will be in place.
“Between Saturday 4 February and Monday 6 February, the level crossing at Railway Street will be closed to all traffic and detours will be in place via Rothery Road,” Mr Simpson said.
“We ask residents to plan ahead or avoid the area during this time to minimise disruption.
“Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained throughout the construction period, with the exception of Saturday 4 February when a shuttle bus will be provided for pedestrians,” Mr Simpson added.
Wollongong City Council General Manager David Farmer said Council will also carry out work in Corrimal between 23 January and 24 February.
“To coincide with RailCorp’s work, Council will upgrade the footpath and pram ramp which provides access to the station,’’ Mr Farmer said.
“Work will also be done to improve the kerbs and gutters around the Railway Street Station entrance.
“By timing this work with RailCorp’s upgrade to the crossing, Council hopes to minimise disruption to motorists and pedestrians.”