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14 Aug 2019
Changed traffic conditions along Spit Bridge

Changes to the existing tidal flow along Spit Bridge across Middle Harbour will be in place from mid-August to improve traffic flow for motorists.

Transport for NSW Executive Director Sydney John Hardwick said the NSW Government is delivering the improvements as part of its program to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest road corridors.

“More than 60,000 vehicles travel across Spit Bridge each day so it is essential to ensure all motorists experience reliable journeys,” Mr Hardwick said.

“A tidal flow is in place across the bridge to provide more capacity for motorists travelling towards the Sydney CBD in the morning and returning home in the afternoon.

“The existing tidal flow arrangement along Spit Bridge between 6am and 10am on weekdays provides three lanes for motorists travelling towards the CBD and one lane for those travelling towards the Northern Beaches.”

Mr Hardwick said Transport for NSW carried out investigations earlier this year and found the existing arrangement is causing congestion and delays for motorists travelling northbound in the morning.

“As a result of the investigations, changes will be made to the tidal flow during the morning peak,” Mr Hardwick said.

“From Monday 19 August, motorists travelling northbound on weekdays will be provided with two lanes from 9.30am, instead of 10am.

“This small change on the busy bridge will provide more capacity and ease congestion for motorists travelling towards the Northern Beaches. Existing tidal flow arrangements will not change.”

Mr Hardwick said the introduction of new and extended clearways along Spit Road, Manly Road and Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation will also improve traffic flow for motorists.

“As well as making changes to the tidal flow, Transport for NSW is also introducing new and extended clearways between Medusa Street at Mosman and Condamine Street at Balgowlah,” Mr Hardwick said.

“These clearways will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Monday 19 August to manage this section of the busy corridor and ensure efficient operation of the Spit Bridge.

“Motorists are reminded any vehicles illegally stopped or parked in the clearway on or after Monday 19 August risk being fined and towed.”

Work to install new clearway signs will be carried out between Monday 12 and Sunday 18 August, weather permitting.

Illegally parked vehicles can be reported to the Transport Management Centre on 131 700.