Sydney Harbour Bridge makes the switch
27 February, 2018
Work to remove the southern toll booths on the Sydney Harbour Bridge has now wrapped up, making way for a final traffic switch and a simpler journey southbound into the city for motorists.
The traffic switch will take place overnight on Friday 2 March and will see all lanes in their final configuration by the following morning.
With more than 160,000 motorists travelling across this iconic bridge every day, streamlining traffic movements into the city and onto the Western Distributor was a key goal of the toll plaza precinct upgrade.
Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said motorists won’t be the only winners as a result of this upgrade with work carried out to continue the bus lane from the bridge to York Street which is a major transport interchange for customers.
“By realigning the bus lane from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to York Street, bus customers will experience a smoother trip and space has also been provided for layover bays for buses approaching York Street in the afternoon peak,” Ms Prendergast said.
The main change for general traffic is that access to the City North via Grosvenor St will be via lane 5 at all times. In the morning peak, traffic heading into the CBD via lane 4 will be able to access Grosvenor Street or York Street.
“This configuration using the new movable medians will enable smoother traffic flow at the intersection of York and Grosvenor Streets in the busy morning peak,” Ms Prendergast said.
As with all significant changes, it may take some time for motorists to get used to the new lane alignment at the southern end of the bridge so people should allow extra travel time and take care as they drive on the newly upgraded road.
“Motorists are encouraged to follow new wayfinding signs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge gantries and plan ahead.
“Crews will continue carrying out minor work including asphalting and the installation of new light poles until May to ensure a smoother journey and more consistent conditions.”
Planning work is continuing for upgrades at the northern end of the bridge as well as new and improved cycleways and ramps.
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