Pass to close again for over a month
MOTORISTS are advised that the second Bulli Pass closure will occur later this month to complete the installation of rock fall protection fencing.
A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government had allocated $5 million to install just over a kilometre of fencing to improve safety for motorists.
“The completion of this work ensures Bulli Pass can continue to function as an important link for the Illawarra,” the spokesperson said.
The second closure will take place between Monday August 28 and Friday November 3.
Bulli Pass will be open in both directions for the October long weekend, from Friday September 29 until Tuesday October 3.
“Around 500m of safety fencing remains to be installed for this work which is a long term safety investment for the region,” the spokesperson said.
“Closing the road to complete this work is the safest option.
“Opening the Pass regularly for peak hours and weekends would more than double the time to complete the work due to lost time packing up and setting up and ensuring the road is safe to be reopened.
“Roads and Maritime, with NSW Police and Emergency Services will be monitoring all detour routes during this closure.
“Tow trucks and other resources will be on standby to clear any incidents on the detour routes as quickly as possible.
“The Pass was reopened three times during the last closure to keep traffic flowing and minimise the impact of major incidents on the network.
“Roads and Maritime will work closely with contractors to reopen the Pass as quickly as possible during any major incidents on the M1 Princes Motorway.”
Roads and Maritime is continuing to work with key stakeholders including Wollongong City Council, emergency services and bus services to develop plans.
To complete this work as quickly as possible work will again be carried out in both day and night shifts.
It seems that the protective fencing may be necessary. However, as users of the Pass will have noticed, the new fencing and associated road works thus far completed have enabled huge weed plumes to spread into the rainforest. Does anyone know if the Roads and Maritime Authority has any plan for exotic weed management/eradication? For example, by using native plants and vines to re-landscape the areas uncovered and denuded by the road works?
At the moment it appears that the fencing and associated works are opening up the escarpment to massive weed contamination. This is a form of environmental vandalism!
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I hope that there has been coordination with NSW Trains and disruptions to the trains due to maintenance are kept to a minimum during this time.
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