M5 West widening project work zone speed limits enforceable during holidays

21 December 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) General Manager Motorway Projects, Mark Andrew is reminding motorists work zone speed limits on the M5 are enforceable and stay in place even when there is no work being carried out.

“To help reduce traffic during the holidays, work on the M5 West widening project will shut down for the Christmas break from 6am Saturday 22 December and resume from 6am Monday 7 January 2013,” Mr Andrew said.

“Barriers and a reduced speed limit of 80km/h are in place on some parts of the motorway. The lower speed limits are necessary to maintain safety due to reduced lane widths and the positioning of temporary barriers.

“There may be further changes along the motorway, such as the positioning of temporary electronic message signs and further speed changes to breakdown lanes and bays.

From mid January 2013 temporary roadwork speed limits of 80km/h will be introduced at:

  • Belmore Road to Fairford Road
  • Beaconsfield Street to the main toll plaza at Hammondville,
  • Main toll plaza at Hammondville to the Georges River (West) bridge, east of the Hume Highway.

As work progresses, a temporary roadwork speed limit of 80km/h is planned for King Georges Road to Belmore Road in mid April 2013.

“These initiatives are in place to establish a safe environment for workers and motorway users.

“The M5 incident response number 1800 986 933 will operate 24/7 throughout the break to ensure a timely response to all motorway incidents.

“Motorists are also reminded double demerits will be in place from midnight Thursday 20 December to midnight Tuesday 1 January 2013 for speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences.

“Road users are advised to plan their journey, follow all signs and allow extra travel time,” Mr Andrew said.

Motorists can visit the Live traffic NSW website at www.livetraffic.com for live updates and traveller information on NSW Roads.

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