Traffic to improve in and around Bulahdelah for Easter

New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services will temporarily open part of the Pacific Highway near Bulahdelah to help ease congestion for Easter and school holiday traffic provided the weather allows it.

“We know motorists and locals were expecting the upgrade to have been completed by Easter but due to extreme wet weather, high temperatures and resource shortages the opening of the entire upgrade project has been delayed,” an RMS spokesperson said.

A temporary partial opening of the $315 million bypass will mean the heavy holiday traffic is should be eased during Easter and the April school holidays in NSW.

At the beginning of the Easter break, two northbound lanes will be created by diverting traffic onto one of the lanes of the new bypass and maintaining the existing northbound lane.

Southbound traffic will continue as one lane through Bulahdelah via two new overpasses located to the north and south of the town.

Traffic flows will be reversed for the second half of the holiday break with two southbound lanes and northbound traffic travelling on one lane through Bulahdelah.

After the Easter break, highway traffic will resume through Bulahdelah to allow work to continue on the bypass.

The same traffic arrangements around Bulahdelah will be repeated during the April school holidays. Motorists will still be able to access the Bulahdelah town from both directions.

The full opening of the bypass project is scheduled to take place in June provided that there are no more major delays due to wet weather.

“The Pacific Highway upgrade is one of the largest road infrastructure projects ever carried out in NSW and we are doing everything possible to make sure this much needed upgrade is finished as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.

The Federal and State funded Bulahdelah upgrade involves building an 8.6 kilometre four lane divided road in the great lakes district of NSW.

The project will connect the already upgraded Bulahdelah to Coolongolook section of the Pacific Highway, which is four kilometres north of Bulahdelah, to the completed Karuah to Bulahdelah upgrade project which is about four kilometres south of Bulahdelah.

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