Motorists are being advised to plan ahead to avoid delays when driving in and out of Sydney during the Christmas and New Year holiday period with roadwork taking place across the state on major corridors.
Major road building work will be suspended from 20 December and from Monday 6 January to reduce delays expected due to high volumes of holiday traffic.
“Motorists should remember double demerits are in force from midnight Thursday 19 December to midnight Thursday 2 January for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.
“Motorists are urged to plan their trips and take a break every two hours. There are around 80 driver reviver sites across NSW with locations on the Roads and Maritime website.”
Road users are also reminded to slow down due to the high number of pedestrians expected to be accessing shopping strips, malls and areas in the CBD.
“Pedestrians will be flocking to popular beaches including Bondi and Manly beaches and recreational parks including the new Wet andWildWaterPark at Prospect and motorists need to slow down and remain cautious.”
Traditionally there are significantly higher traffic volumes on heading to the north and south coast roads and Central West during the holiday season. Queues are experienced at weekends with traffic extending more than five kilometres in some areas including the M1 Pacific motorway toNewcastle,Great Western Highwayto the Central West and Princes highway to the south coast. Motorists are advised to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and take regular breaks where possible.
Motorways and roads near the airport:
Work will be suspended on motorways including the M5 west widening project and M4 maintenance upgrade between Silverwater and Homebush from Friday 20 December until Monday 6 January with motorists advised speed limits are enforceable and stay in place even when no work is being carried out. Traffic is expected to be busy the day before public holidays aroundSydneyairport on General Holmes and Joyce drives with motorists advised to plan extra travel time or opt for public transport. Portable electronic message signs will be used to advise motorists of queuing.
Blue Mountains and Central West: Motorists can expect delays on theGreat Western Highway in theBlue Mountains during December and January due to increased traffic volumes where highway traffic merges from four lanes into two lanes at Woodford. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time particularly from 26 December to 29 December, during the first week of January and on the Australia Day long weekend. Widening work on theGreat Western Highway from Woodford to Hazelbrook, at Bullaburra East and at Bullaburra West will be suspended from Friday 20 December to reduce delays to motorists. Work will resume at Bullaburra West on Thursday 2 Jan and at Woodford to Hazelbrook and Bullaburra East on Monday 6 January.
Camden Valley Way, Richmond Road, Schofields Road: Widening work on major projects including Camden Valley Way, Richmond Road, Schofields Road and will be suspended from Friday 20 December and resume on Monday 6 January.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: Changed pedestrian conditions will be in place from Sunday 15 December on theSydneyHarbourBridge cycleway for waterproofing work to be carried out.
Roads and Maritime Services will carry out work during 20 night shifts for six weeks from Sundays to Thursdays between 8.30pm and 5.30am from Sunday 15 to Thursday 19 December with work to recommend from Sunday 5 January 2014. No traffic impact is expected as part of the work.
Pinch point projects: Building work at pinch point projects including widening of James Ruse Drive from Rosehill to Clyde, upgrading Taren Point Road between Caringbah and Taren Point, intersection upgrades at Elizabeth Drive at North Liverpool and the work on the Cumberland Highway and Victoria Road at Smithfield will be suspended from 20 December to 20 January 2014.
Hume Highway at Warwick Farm: Work under way on theHume Highway betweenGovernor Macquarie Drive andCabramatta Road at Warwick Farm is being carried out on weeknights from 8pm to 5am, weather permitting and will be completed by Friday 20 December.
Safety barrier work on Spit Road at Mosman: Work will be carried out from 2 January next year to install a concrete median barrier onSpit Road betweenMedusa Street andPearl Bay Avenue at Mosman to improve safety. Work will be carried out for 48 hours while traffic volumes are at their lowest from 8am on Thursday 2 January to 8am on Saturday 4 January, weather permitting and resume from Sunday 5 January between 8.30pm and 4.30am from Friday to Sunday between 8pm and 8am.
Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs. For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone and iPad from the App Store, download Live Traffic NSW for Android from Google Play, or call 132 701.