Holbrook bypass opening delayed
29 July 2013
Holbrook bypass opens to traffic
Motorists are advised the opening of the Holbrook bypass to traffic has been delayed until Wednesday 7 August due to wet weather.
Recent and forecast wet weather means work including the installation of guardrails, light poles and line marking has been slowed or cannot be carried out.
Rain is forecast for early next week which would mean the opening next Wednesday is not possible.
The Holbrook bypass is now expected to open to traffic on Wednesday, 7 August, weather permitting, completing the 808 kilometre duplicated Hume Highway.
The $237 million Holbrook bypass is the fifty ninth individual project in the duplication of the Hume Highway to provide motorists with a faster, safer trip between Sydney and Melbourne.
The bypass was fully funded by the Australian Government.
Traffic will be moved on to the bypass in four stages, starting with north bound traffic in two stages from about 7.30am.
South bound traffic is expected to be moved on to the new road by 4pm, weather permitting.
Work will take place to remove concrete barriers and old line marking during each of the four stages of the traffic switch.
For the safety of workers, an 80 km/h speed limit will be in place the week after the bypass opens while work materials are removed from the bypass road and final work is completed.
The 110 km/h speed limit will then be introduced.
The Holbrook bypass starts four kilometres north of Holbrook where it crosses west of the cemetery and industrial area and then crosses Culcairn Road.
From Culcairn Road the bypass crosses Ten Mile Creek and rejoins the existing Hume Highway two kilometres south of Holbrook.
The Holbrook bypass will steer heavy vehicles away from residential and shopping areas and provide a safer environment for pedestrians in the township.
Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit
Phone: 8588 5999