Sydney Harbour Tunnel weekend closure
23 April, 2020

Critical construction and maintenance work across NSW roads and public transport is being brought forward to take advantage of quieter networks as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, as well as school holidays.

This weekend (24-26 April) crews are taking the opportunity to resurface the Sydney Harbour Tunnel – normally one of the busiest roads in the heart of the city.

From 8pm on Friday to 6am on Monday, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel will be closed in both directions to resurface more than 9 kilometres of lanes.

Motorists will be diverted over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Southbound motorists can still join the Eastern Distributor via lanes 7 and 8 on the Bridge to the Cahill Expressway or Macquarie Street in the CBD, while northbound motorists will be diverted to the bridge via the Cahill Expressway.

There will be light and heavy tow vehicles on standby and NSW Police Motorcycle Response Teams positioned at key locations ready to respond quickly and efficiently to any problems that may arise on the network during these works.

Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and are reminded to avoid unnecessary travel and stay home.

The safety of our dedicated workforce and the wider community is Transport’s highest priority. Workers will follow strict hygiene and appropriate social distancing measures as they deliver this important surface upgrade.

Other important work has also been carried out during this quieter period, including over the Easter long weekend when the M5 East Motorway was successfully closed so that crews could get in and resurface more than 16 kilometres of road lanes.

This important maintenance work was brought forward and quickly, and safely, completed in the most efficient way to minimise impacts on the community.

The work is being carried out by hard-working skilled workers who are being deployed during the closure to ensure the network is safe for those essential workers that need to travel.

Transport is also playing a vital role in providing services for essential travel and keeping the supply chain moving as NSW navigates the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The freight network has been incredibly busy in the past few weeks, delivering supplies and materials to hundreds of locations.

Hundreds of extra cleaners have been working hard across the network with an extra 83,000 hours covered since the beginning of March.

Thousands of litres of hand sanitiser and thousands of packets of disinfectant wipes have also been distributed to all stations, depots, work sites and offices.

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