Changed traffic conditions will be in effect during December on the M1 Pacific Motorway, as work continues on the upgrade between Tuggerah and Doyalson, but works will be suspended over Christmas and New Year.
Full closures and detours on the M1 southbound, between 7:30pm and 5:30am, will continue weeknights until Tuesday, December 18, weather permitting.
A short detour along the existing entry and exit ramps at Sparks Rd will be in place to allow all motorists to continue their journey with minimal disruption.
Traffic control and a reduced 40km/h speed limit will be in place within the detour location to allow asphalting to be carried out on the M1 under Sparks Road bridge.
The current shift of northbound lanes was extended further south overnight, Tuesday, December 11.
Two northbound lanes opened after the switch, and the 80km/h speed limit reinstated.
Access to the northbound service centre will be maintained at all times.
Full closures and detours on the M1 northbound will be in place on Sunday and Monday, December 16 and 17, between 7:30pm and 4am, weather permitting.
As with the southbound work, a short detour along the existing exit and entry ramps at Sparks Rd will be in place to allow all motorists to continue their journey with minimal disruption.
The traffic lights will be switched off and traffic control and a reduced 40km/h speed limit will be in place within the detour location to allow for the removal of the work platform under the bridge.
Roads and Maritime Services is planning to shift the two existing southbound lanes closer to the right for about three kilometres, starting about 500 metres north of the Sparks Rd exit, and ending about 1.5 kilometres north of the service entry.
These arrangements are expected to be in place from early Wednesday morning, December 19, and will be in place until mid-2019, weather permitting.
No work will be carried out during the Christmas holiday period, from Friday, December 21 to Wednesday, January 2, but the reduced 80km/h speed limit and traffic changes will remain in place for the safety of motorists, until work re-starts on Thursday, January 3.
Media release, Dec 7
Wade O’Leary, RMS