The M1 Pacific Motorway is an important link for motorists and freight operators travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, which is one of the busiest transport routes in Australia.
Transport for NSW has scheduled essential maintenance work on the 10 kilometre section of the Motorway at night between the Hunter Expressway and John Renshaw Drive intersection.
The closure and detour applies Northbound between 7:30pm and 4:30am from Monday 17 February to Wednesday 19 February and Southbound on Thursday 20 February.
Closures may also be required on the night of Friday 21 February in the event of wet weather.
View maps of the detour routes:
Monday 17 February to Wednesday 19 February
- The northbound carriageway of the M1 will be closed for three nights to traffic between 7.30pm and 4.30am.
- A detour will be in place for all northbound motorists via the Hunter Expressway and John Renshaw Drive, as shown in the map.
- The detour is expected to add around 10 kilometres to journeys, which is about 10 to 15 minutes travel time.The M1 northbound off-ramp to Newcastle Link Road will also be closed. Newcastle bound motorists will be detoured via the Cardiff exit, George Booth Drive and Cameron Park Drive, as shown in the map. The detour should not affect travel time.
Thursday 20 February
- The southbound carriageway of the M1 will be closed for one night to traffic between 7.30pm and 4.30am.
- A detour will be in place for all southbound motorists via John Renshaw Drive and the Hunter Expressway, as shown in the enclosed map.
- The detour is expected to add around 10 kilometres to journeys, which is about 10 to 15 minutes travel time.
Electronic message signs will be in place to give advance notice of changed traffic conditions and help motorists plan their journeys. During the closure the detour route will be clearly signposted.
No work will be carried out on the detour route during the closure to help minimise further impacts to journey times.
While we expect to finish the work overnight on Thursday 20 February, closure may also be required between 7.30pm and 4.30am on Friday 21 February as a wet weather contingency option. Electronic message signs will direct motorists if an additional night closure is required
Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit Livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.
The work will involve the use of machinery which generates some noise. We will make every effort to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.
Temporary access changes to local roads
During the M1 maintenance closure temporary access changes on some local roads will be in place for residents in Black Hill, Buttai, Lenaghan, Minmi and Stockrington.
If you live around the closure area, please allow extra travel time as your journey may take up to an extra 10 minutes, depending on your destination.
Alternative access arrangements are outlined below and the attached map helps better explain the closure and the detour route.
Lenaghans Drive closure:
- Lenaghans Drive will be closed just north of Wayaba Road for the southbound M1 carriageway closure on Thursday 20 February
- Access into and out of Lenaghan, Minmi and Stockrington will be on Lenaghans Drive via Black Hill Road or Lenaghans Drive (Woodford Street) via Newcastle Link Road
Black Hill Road closure:
- Black Hill Road will be closed for the northbound M1 carriageway closure from Monday 17 February to Wednesday 19 February
- Access into and out of Black Hill and Buttai will be on Black Hill Road via Lenaghans Drive or utilising John Renshaw Drive as part of the detour route.
- Residents of Minmi, Fletcher, Stockrington and Lenaghan are advised to use the Cardiff exit via George Booth Drive and Cameron Park Drive.
There are no restrictions on John Renshaw Drive for wide loads, while operators of oversized vehicles are encouraged to plan their journeys on the motorway outside the closure times.
Closing this 10 kilometre northbound and southbound section of the M1 ensures the safety of workers, and means less disruption to motorists and freight operators than if we carried out the maintenance work during the day.
Over the four nights, about 50 workers will complete a large volume of work, which would not be possible under single lane closures.
Work includes road resurfacing and repairs, improving drains and road shoulders, installing guideposts, litter collection and mowing.
The work means the motorway will be safer and cleaner for motorists and the road will be kept in an optimal condition.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: (02) 4983 5901 (business hours – Project Manager, Paul Issa)