File image: M1 Motorway.Significant roadworks have begun between the Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges and at the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection, which can become potential congestion points for holiday traffic.
“There are 12 kilometres of roadworks on the M1 between Tuggerah and Doyalson this holiday season with reduced speed zones” Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald said.
Mr McDonald has warnedSydney, Central Coast and Hunter motorists to allow extra travel time for the M1 over the Summer holidaysto allow for roadwork upgrades.
“We anticipate these will cause delays for holidays motorists travelling in both directions.
“Motorists who haven’t used the M1 for some time may be caught out”.
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Roads and Maritime Services is expecting an increase of holiday traffic at the M1 service centres at Warnervale and will deploy traffic controllers to manage vehicles entering the centres during the holiday period to minimise delays on the motorway.
Work on the M1 between Tuggerah and Doyalson will stop during the busy Christmas period to ensure motorists reach their holiday destinations safely. No construction work will be carried out from Friday, December 22, to Wednesday, January 3.
A reduced speed limit of80 km/hwill remain in place for the safety of motorists.
The Beresfield Driver Reviver will finish operating on Monday, January 1,after 30 years of service to allow work to start on the upgrade.
The M1 upgrades make up the $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package funded by the Australian and NSW governments.