Plan ahead for Bulli Pass closure

22 August 2017

Motorists and the local community are encouraged to plan ahead for the second Bulli Pass closure next week as work begins to install rock fall protection fencing.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the New South Wales Government has provided $5 million for this important upgrade to keep the Bulli Pass safely open for motorists in the long term.

“This important upgrade will secure the stability of the Bulli Pass, improving protection for motorists,” a spokesperson said.

“Work will involve installing the remaining 500 metres of fencing and stabilisation of the slopes, following on from rock fall protection fencing completed last year.

“Just like last year the safest and most efficient way to complete this work is by closing Bulli Pass.

“The closure date was decided after carefully consulting with the community and considering other events and road work happening in the area at this time.

“Information gathered after the community feedback has been used to help finalise the traffic management and emergency response plans, minimising the impact on motorists.

“There will also be an increased presence of heavy vehicle enforcement teams on the M1 to carry out safety related activities during the closure.

“Bulli Pass will be closed from 9am Monday 28 August until 3pm on Friday 3 November. For the benefit of travellers, the Pass will open on the October long weekend at 3pm on Friday 29 September and close at 9am on Tuesday 3 October.

“Roads and Maritime Services will continue to work closely with contractors to reopen the Pass if required should major incidents occur on the M1.

“Work will again be carried out in day and night shifts and will be completed as quickly as possible to reopen the road to motorists.

“Detour routes are expected to add between 15 to 30 minutes in travel time and motorists are asked to carefully plan their journeys.

“Detour routes will again be closely monitored as they were during the first closure and tow trucks and emergency patrols are on standby to clear incidents as quickly as possible to keep traffic moving.

“Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience during the upcoming closure.”

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