Motorists are being urged to plan ahead with four weekend road closures set to impact Delhi Road, North Ryde and parts of the M2 Motorway in coming months.
Temporary road closures will be in place to allow crews to safely install a new pedestrian and cycle bridge as part of Landcom’s Lachlan’s Line development in Sydney’s north west. The helix-shaped footbridge is one of the first of its kind due to its complex steel construction which twists and contorts to achieve its desired form.
Once complete, the new bridge will connect the Lachlan’s Line development to North Ryde Metro Station and Riverside Corporate Park, providing easier, faster and safer travel for all pedestrians and cyclists.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the bridge installation has been planned to minimise inconvenience to motorists and the wider community.
“The bridge has largely been put together offsite, which means that crews now only need to complete the assembly on site before lifting the spans into their final fixed place. The pier and pile construction is now complete,” Ms Prendergast said.
“The four large steel span sections of the bridge weigh a combined 335 tonnes. The spans need to be lifted and installed over four separate weekends using cranes weighing up to 750 tonnes.
“Road closures are necessary to ensure the work is safely carried out, given the size and weight of the cranes and bridge sections.
“The temporary road closures are planned for weekends when fewer cars are on the road to minimise disruption to the community, and the most complex work is planned over the Christmas holiday break when traffic volumes are lower.”
The first weekend closure will take place from midday Saturday 30 November to 5am Monday 2 December. Traffic impacts include:
- reducing Delhi Road to one eastbound and one westbound traffic lane between Rennie Street and Epping Road, North Ryde;
- closure of right-turn from Delhi Road to the M2 Motorway on-ramp;
- and closure of M2 Motorway off-ramp right-turn lanes onto Delhi Road.
Motorists wishing to access the M2 Motorway should use Lane Cove Road or Herring Road ramps during these closures.
Access will be maintained to homes, businesses, public spaces and North Ryde Metro Station on these weekends, with minor changes to some bus routes. Traffic control will be in place to direct pedestrians and motorists.
“We encourage motorists to plan ahead, follow directions from signs and traffic controllers, and avoid the area if possible during closure dates. Please take note of the traffic diversion routes and allow extra travel time on these days,” Ms Prendergast said.
The second weekend closure is planned from Friday night 27 December to Monday morning 30 December. Traffic impacts during this period will include the full weekend closure of Delhi Road at the M2 interchange and a closure of the M2 Motorway under Delhi Road from Saturday evening to Sunday midday with traffic diversions in place.
More information about subsequent weekend road closures will be communicated closer to the date.
The 170 metre long pedestrian and cyclist bridge is expected to be completed and opened to the public in early 2020. For more information about the project, visit www.landcom.com.au/lachlansline.
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