Work to widen the westbound Norfolk Tunnel will continue during the December and January holiday period when traffic volumes on the motorway are at the lowest of the year.
“Traffic on the Hills M2 during late December and early January is typically 10 to 15 per cent lower than the daily average through the year. This means the holiday period is an important opportunity to carry out roadwork while minimising impacts on motorists,” Peter Colacino, project spokesman, said.
“Work inside the westbound tunnel will be carried out during the day and night from Monday 24 December to Sunday 6 January 2013.
“During this work, the third westbound lane which is currently provided in the westbound tunnel tube during weekday peak periods will remain closed at times of low traffic volumes.
“At least two lanes of traffic in each direction will be available in the citybound tunnel tube at all times. The third westbound lane will be opened as required by traffic flows or for incident management.
“Although extra work will be carried out during the holiday season no work will take place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
“On Christmas Eve the third westbound lane in the westbound tube will be opened from 11am to 6pm and on Christmas Day it will be opened from 10am to 3pm to ensure there is no impact on the community.
”Motorists are reminded to drive safely over the holiday period and stay within signposted speed limits.
“Even when workers are not visible it is important to comply with the reduced speed limits on the motorway because of changes to traffic arrangements such as narrow lanes, reduced shoulder width and sightline obstructions.”
For up to date traffic information contact the Transport Management Centre at livetraffic.com or 132 701.
For up to date information on bus services contact 131 500, Hillsbus (02) 9890 0000 or Busways – (02) 9625 8900.