Work continues on road upgrades at Frenchs Forest

7 May 2018

The NSW Government is working hard to deliver a new state of the art Northern Beaches Hospital and upgraded road network which will provide world-class health infrastructure and more efficient trips for the people of the Northern Beaches.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrade is entering the next major stage of work to improve Warringah Road and motorists will need to change the way they travel through Frenchs Forest in coming months.

“Roads and Maritime is continuing to deliver improvements for the more than 140,000 vehicles which travel on this section of the road network each day,” the spokesperson said.

“Once complete, the upgraded road network in the area will open up local access to the hospital for residents as well as provide customers with a better travel experience, increased capacity on the road network and improved access through the area.

“At the end of this month, all westbound traffic on Warringah Road will be moved onto newly built lanes between Rodborough Road and Fitzpatrick Avenue to allow essential upgrades to be carried out on the existing road for several months.

“Work is already being carried out to prepare for this change and some weekend traffic changes are required to allow this work to be carried out safely and efficiently.”

The spokesperson said as part of the work, Roads and Maritime is preparing the Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road intersection for a major traffic change on Warringah Road in late May.

“There will be a number of traffic changes in the Frenchs Forest area from Friday 11 May to allow work to be carried out and motorists should plan ahead for expected traffic delays,” the spokesperson said.

“Motorists travelling in the Frenchs Forest area will experience heavy traffic conditions in coming months, with the heaviest traffic expected during the morning and afternoon weekday peaks and on Saturdays.

“This project is now going through its peak period of activity and disruptive work is going to continue throughout the year while an unprecedented amount of work is carried out to provide a more efficient road network.”

Roads and Maritime is asking all motorists who travel through Frenchs Forest to plan their trips in advance, travel outside the peak if possible, consider alternative routes and use real-time traffic apps to help find the best route based on live traffic data.

Heavy traffic conditions are expected for some time while extensive work is carried out on the Warringah Road underpass which will change the way motorists travel along this important corridor.

The spokesperson said the first weekend of disruptive work will require Wakehurst Parkway to be reduced to one lane in each direction at the Warringah Road intersection from 8pm Friday 11 to 5am Monday 14 May, weather permitting.

“While the traffic lights are turned off, NSW Police will control traffic so motorists are advised to take care and follow police directions,” the spokesperson said.

“Further disruptive work will be carried out along Warringah Road across a number of weekends in May and June so motorists are advised to plan ahead.”

Roads and Maritime will continue to regularly update the community during the coming weeks about the upcoming changes in the area through community notifications and advertising in print, radio, digital and social media channels.

For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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