Major traffic switch at southern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge

27 February 2018

For the first time since 1932 motorists will be able to drive across the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge making their journey simple and more direct.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said upgrades to the southern toll plaza precinct is complete, improving bus connections for the 160,000 motorists who use the bridge every day.

“The investment included the removal of the existing toll booths, reconfiguring the intersection of York and Grosvenor streets and installing new directional signs on the gantry,” Mrs Pavey said.

“New line markings have also been put in place and road levels have been adjusted to realign the traffic and bus lanes.

“With hundreds of thousands of motorists travelling across this iconic bridge every day it was important to streamline traffic movements into the city and onto the Western Distributor.

“As with all significant changes, it may take some time for motorists to get used to the new lane alignment so people should allow extra travel time and take care as they drive on the newly upgraded road.”

The main change for motorists is access to the City North via Grosvenor Street will be via lane 5 at all times and in the morning peak traffic heading into the CBD via lane 4 will be able to access Grosvenor Street or York Street.

“The change, which uses new movable medians, will enable smoother traffic flow at the intersection of York and Grosvenor streets in the busy morning peak.”

Crews will continue carrying out minor work including asphalting and installing new light poles until May to ensure a smoother journey and more consistent conditions.

Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson said motorists won’t be the only winners as a result of the upgrade with work also carried out to continue the bus lane from the bridge to York Street which is a major transport interchange for customers.

“Space has also been provided for layover bays for buses approaching York Street in the afternoon peak,” Ms Wilson said.

Ms Wilson said this upgrade is just one piece of the puzzle in completing a package of work on one of the world’s most iconic bridges.

“Sydney is a growing and thriving city and the NSW Government is working hard to provide
modern infrastructure for all motorists and communities.”

“Planning work is continuing for upgrades at the northern end of the bridge as well as new and
improved cycleways and ramps.

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