Maintenance work across the Sydney road network is being ramped-up during the Coronavirus outbreak to improve safety for essential travellers.
Transport for NSW, Secretary Rodd Staples said the accelerated maintenance work will ensure essential travellers, like health and emergency workers, and freight providers can expect safer journeys in the coming weeks.
“With less people driving on roads during this unprecedented time, our crews are bringing work forward and getting it done now,” Mr Staples said.
“This work will include everything from road resurfacing and mowing median strips, through to replacing lights bulbs at traffic signals and building footpaths.
“On average, we expect to see a 30 per cent increase in maintenance work over the coming weeks.”
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said a number of major works would be rescheduled for this weekend to take advantage of lower traffic volumes.
“As at 31 March, travel on the road network across Sydney has declined around 30 per cent across the past four weeks,” Mr Collins said.
“While our roads are quieter than usual, we are fast tracking the closure of the M5 East Motorway between King Georges Road at Beverly Hills and Marsh Street at Arncliffe.
“This will complete important resurfacing work in these usually busy tunnels and improve the journey for more than 100,000 motorists each day once complete.
“Diversions and clearways will be in place over the Easter period so motorists should allow plenty of extra travel time or avoid unnecessary travel in the area.”
Mr Collins said despite the increased work, mitigations will be in place to ensure impacts are minimised for the nearby community.
“We understand there is a new normal with people being home 24/7 so there will be flexibility in work schedules to accommodate concerns,” Mr Collins said.
“I want to stress the utmost care is being taken to minimise the effects of these works on the wider roads and transport networks, as well as minimising disruption to residents and businesses in the community.
“We recommend travellers plan ahead by visiting livetraffic.com for the latest information on traffic conditions before you travel.”
For the latest information and advice about the Coronavirus outbreak and public transport, visit transportnsw.info.
The M5 East will be closed in both directions between King Georges Rd, Beverly Hills and Marsh St, Arncliffe from around 8pm Thursday April 9 to 6am Tuesday April 14 to carry out resurfacing work in the main tunnel.
Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place along detour routes to provide additional lane capacity. Clearways will be in effect from 8pm Thursday April 9 to 6am Tuesday April 14 on both sides of the following roads:
- Stoney Creek Rd between King Georges Rd and Forest Rd
- Forest Rd between Stoney Creek Rd and Princes Hwy
- Wickham St between Princes Hwy and West Botany St
- The Grand Pde/General Holmes Dr between Bay St and Bestic St
This will affect motorists from the nearby suburbs of Kingsgrove, Bexley, Arncliffe and Brighton Le Sands. The works will have minimal impact on the roads around the airport. Motorists will need to follow signposted detours and allow extra travel time.
Parramatta Light Rail
From 8pm Thursday April 9 there will be changed traffic conditions at Church St and Phillip St, Parramatta. The intersection will temporarily close for 2 weeks to carry out vital work for the Parramatta Light Rail.
A work zone will be established to allow for the removal of a 100 year old water pipe. It will be replaced with a concrete covered pipe to protect the water service when the light rail is constructed and operational.
Temporary road, footpath and lane closures, along with the removal of kerbside parking in the work zone will be undertaken to make sure traffic and pedestrians can move around the area safely. The free 900 shuttle bus will temporarily move to George St for the duration of the project.
Work will be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is planned to be complete by 5am Monday April 27.
Road works in the Airport precinct are being accelerated while flights are restricted and the road network is quiet including roadworks at a number of intersections around the Mascot town centre.
Some of the expedited work to be carried out in April includes:
- Taren Point road improvements work at Caringbah;
- Improvements to Pittwater Road at Cross Street Warringah;
- Maintenance to Windsor road near Norwest Boulevard at Bella Vista.