Night closure to complete $5.5 million Princes Motorway safety upgrade

26 August 2014

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today said that the M1 Princes Motorway will be closed next month to allow completion of a $5.5 million upgrade of the intersection between the M1 Princes Motorway and Picton Road.

Mr Ward said that this is the final stage of the upgrade which will include a new acceleration lane to improve safety for all road users.

“The northbound access to Sydney from Picton Road is being adjusted to remove the T-intersection and an acceleration lane has been built on the M1 to allow drivers to safely increase speed before merging into Motorway traffic,” he said.

“In the five years to January this year, there were nine reported crashes at this location, including six rear end crashes and three a result of motorists changing lanes or leaving the roadway.

“These improvements are part of our commitment to providing safe journeys for all road users.

“In order to complete the work, the northbound lanes will be closed from just north of the Picton Road intersection to Bulli Pass between 8pm and 4am from Sunday 7 September to Thursday 11 September and on Sunday 14 September.

“The southbound lanes will be closed at the same location between 9pm and 5am from Wednesday 10 September to Thursday 11 September and Sunday 14 September to Tuesday 16 September.

“The lane closures are required to maintain safety for motorists while the median barrier is moved into its final position and to complete road resurfacing work.

“Motorists are able to use Picton Road or Bulli Pass as alternative routes, however vehicles longer than 19 metres cannot travel on Bulli Pass and will need to detour along Picton Road and the Hume Highway.

“Motorists are advised to follow all detour signage and temporary traffic measures.

“I would like to sincerely thank local motorists across our region for their patience whilst this essential safety work is being carried out,” Mr Ward said.

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