If ever there was a need for urgent action regarding an inadequate road system it should be applied to Argyle Street, Moss Vale.
This road, particularly the section from the roundabout at the intersection of Argyle Street and Robertson Road (Illawarra Highway) through to Yarawa Street near the Services Club, has been inadequate for many years.
Anyone who lives in Moss Vale or travels along Argyle Street, Moss Vale, during peak traffic periods will attest to this.
In fact, it is a road that can be a challenge at most times of the day.
Banked up traffic, struggles entering or exiting at many of the side streets along this section of road and a busy school zone at the western end of the road contribute to a congested and often dangerous environment.
All this and it is the two lane, main throroughfare through the town’s Central Business District.
The challenges of travelling along this road were the main reasoning behind a recent council decision to knock back a development proposal for an Aldi store on Robertson Road.
Traffic was also one of the concerns of council when knocking back a development proposal for Woolworths at the Lackey Road intersection.
Meanwhile, increased traffic from future residential developments in Moss Vale such as Coomungie/Chelsea Gardens or Darraby will put further pressure on this road system.
But the fact remains that the motoring and pedestrian challenges along Argyle Street are a problem now and they have frustrated those who use the road for far too long.
The RMS has told the Southern Highland News that “traffic flow through Moss Vale is being investigated as part of the performance assessment of the Illawarra Highway corridor strategy.”
But how long will this take and when will improvements be in place?
The people of Moss Vale deserve better than the current conditions.
They deserve a time frame of when things will happen and they deserve it as a matter of urgency.
Perhaps, with a forward-thinking look at this section of road, the RMS could devise a strategy that could address the traffic problems currently experienced while preparing for the future growth.
But first and foremost the RMS needs to make this a priority.