Final fireworks before bridge makeover

30 December 2011

All eyes will be on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this Saturday night for one of the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. To keep the global icon in top shape Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be closing the Bridge in January for essential maintenance work.

A RMS spokesperson said the Bridge will be closed for up to three weekends in January for the span and approaches to be resurfaced and a new waterproofing membrane to be applied.

“This is the first time such lengthy closures have been required and it is important we get the message out to motorists so they plan their journeys, take alternative routes and use public transport to get to and from the city,” the spokesperson said.

The $3.5 million project will be carried out on 13-16, 20-23 and possibly 27-30 January with closures in place from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.

The work is planned to be carried out during the first two weekends, with the third a contingency in case of poor weather.

“The bus lane will be open, so buses, taxis, hire cars and motorbikes can still use the Bridge, however delays can be expected,” the spokesperson said.

“Pedestrian and cyclist access will also be maintained.

“Trains will also continue to travel across the Bridge, so we’re encouraging people to take public transport to get to and from the city during the closures. Extra bus and train services will be provided.

“The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will be open, but traffic is expected to be heavy during the work. Motorists should avoid the tunnel and take alternative routes to cross the harbour.

“Extra clearways will be in place in and around the city to help keep traffic moving.”

For more information about the closures, including maps of alternative routes and clearways, follow the links from the RMS homepage at www.rms.nsw.gov.au. Information will also be provided in local papers, via electronic message signs, the Live Traffic website and iPhone app and on private motorway websites.

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