6 August 2013
Holbrook bypass opens to traffic tomorrow
After almost five decades of work the 808 kilometre Hume Highway duplication is opening to traffic tomorrow.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Hume Highway Manager, Mr Tony Dobbin said motorists using this important link between Sydney and Melbourne will now enjoy a faster, safer trip.
“The $237 million Holbrook bypass will also steer heavy vehicles away from residential and shopping areas and provide a safer environment for pedestrians in the township,” Mr Dobbin said.
“The is the fifty ninth individual project in the duplication of the Hume Highway fully funded by the Australian Government with work carried out by RMS.
“The Holbrook bypass has seen the development of an incredible 205 bridges and 49 bypasses,” Mr Dobbin said.
Traffic will be moved onto the completed Holbrook bypass in four stages with northbound traffic being moved 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 tomorrow.
For the safety of workers, an 80 km/h speed limit will be in place for the next week while work materials are removed from the bypass 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, sewage treatment plant 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.
RMS thanks motorists for their patience during work to build the bypass.
Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999