Drivers are being urged to plan ahead before travelling this Easter long weekend, with a number of roads still closed across NSW due to the recent wild weather.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said maintenance crews are out in force fixing roads which suffered significant damage during flooding over the past two weeks.
“We know people will be travelling around the state this long weekend, so we need everyone to plan ahead and check the Live Traffic and NSW SES websites before taking off on their journey,” Mr Constance said.
“Due to the large number of slips and inaccessibility of some areas it is likely that some road closures will be in place for several weeks. People should check ahead if they’re preferred route is impacted and adjust their trips accordingly.
“We know COVID-19 has sidelined many people’s travel plans over the year and that people will be excited to get out on our roads and waters, but safety must come first.”
“Due to the large amount of debris still circulating in the river system, a temporary speed limit of 15 knots will apply from Thursday for all waters west of the Hawkesbury River Rail Bridge at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River, the Nepean River and their tributaries.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole is encouraging drivers to plan ahead, drive to the conditions and stay calm during traffic delays.
“A large-scale recovery operation to repair flood-damaged roads is under way, so it’s crucial that drivers are aware of what roads are closed and how that may impact on journey times,” Mr Toole said.
“With the Bells Line of Road still closed, we expect to see additional congestion on the Great Western Highway as well as other key corridors out of Sydney including the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Princes Highway.
“We all know how frustrating it can be to sit in traffic but it’s critical people are patient, plan ahead and allow extra travel time. We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said there is no excuse for bad behaviour on our roads over the holiday period.
“Many communities throughout the state are still dealing with the effects of devastating flooding and it is important nobody adds to the heartache,” Mr Elliott said.
“Double-demerit points are in force for a reason and Police officers will be stationed across NSW targeting high-risk behaviour.”
“We want to see every person who heads out over the Easter period return home to their families safely, so make sure you slow down, drive to the conditions and never take risks on the road.”
More information on how to best plan your journey is available at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/holiday-journeys