Dates announced for second Bulli Pass closure

22 MARCH 2017

Roads and Maritime Services has today announced work will start on the second Bulli Pass closure in late August to complete the installation of rock fall protection fencing.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government had allocated $5 million to install 1.1 kilometres of safety fencing to improve safety for motorists.

“The completion of this work ensures Bulli Pass can continue to function as an important link for the Illawarra,” the spokesperson said.

“The second closure will take place between Monday 28 August and Friday 3 November.

“Bulli Pass will be open in both directions for the October long weekend, from Friday 29 September until Tuesday 3 October.

“Around 500 metres of safety fencing remains to be installed for this work which is a long term safety investment for the region.”

Roads and Maritime remains conscious of providing the community and businesses with as much notice as possible of the dates for the second closure.

“Closing the road to complete this work is the safest option,” the spokesperson said.

“Opening the Pass regularly for peak hours and weekends would more than double the time to complete the work due to lost time packing up and setting up and ensuring the road is safe to be reopened.

“Roads and Maritime, with NSW Police and Emergency Services will be monitoring all detour routes during this closure.

“Tow trucks and other resources will be on standby to clear any incidents on the detour routes as quickly as possible.

“The Pass was reopened three times during the last closure to keep traffic flowing and minimise the impact of major incidents on the network.

“Roads and Maritime will work closely with contractors to reopen the Pass as quickly as possible during any major incidents on the M1 Princes Motorway.”

Roads and Maritime is continuing to work with key stakeholders including Wollongong City Council, emergency services and bus services to develop plans.

To complete this work as quickly as possible work will again be carried out in both day and night shifts.

Feedback will be invited from the community for the next four weeks until Friday 21 April to identify any issues including access arrangements and activities which may result in the Pass being temporarily reopened during work.

Final details of the closure will be confirmed well in advance of the start of work.

Media:  ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 9462 6299 media@rms.nsw.gov.au facebook.com/NSWRoads

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