Roads and Maritime Services will temporarily close a 10 kilometre section of the M1 Pacific Motorway to carry out a number of essential maintenance projects over four nights in August. The motorway will be closed in one direction at a time between the Hunter Expressway interchange and John Renshaw Drive intersection.
The closure will be carried out over four nights to minimise disruptions to road users and reduce the impact on local businesses and residents.
The northbound carriageway will be closed to traffic between 8pm and 5am on Sunday 21 August and Monday 22 August.
The southbound carriageway will be closed to traffic between 8pm and 5am on Tuesday 23 August and Wednesday 24 August.
Closures may also be required between 8pm and 5am on Thursday 25 August as a wet weather contingency option. Electronic message signs will direct motorists if an additional closure is carried out.
A detour will be in place for all motorists including heavy vehicles via John Renshaw Drive and the Hunter Expressway as shown in the detour maps.
Electronic message signs will be in place to give advance notice of changed traffic conditions and help motorists plan their journeys. During the closures the detour routes will be clearly signposted.
The detour is expected to add around 10 kilometres to journeys, which is about 10 to 15 minutes travel time.
No other work will be carried out on the motorway north of the Hawkesbury River or detour route during the closures to help minimise further impacts to journey times.
There are restrictions on John Renshaw Drive for heavy vehicles over 2.5 metres wide and oversized vehicles are encouraged to plan their journeys on the motorway outside the closure times.
For the latest traffic updates, please call 132 701 or visit www.m1traffic.com.au.
Maintenance closures are being carried out on the M1 Pacific Motorway as part of our commitment to improving the safety of road workers near live traffic.
About 50 workers will be engaged over the four nights to carry out a large volume of work in a short period of time, which would not be possible with single lane closures in place.
Work activities include concrete heavy patching, road resurfacing, drainage improvements, shoulder improvements, safety barrier repairs, bridge maintenance, line marking, litter collection and vegetation maintenance.
Temporary access changes to local roads
Temporary access changes on some local roads will be in place for property owners residing in Black Hill, Buttai, Lenaghan, Minmi and Stockrington during the motorway closures. Alternative access arrangements are outlined further below and we have provided maps to help better explain the closure and the detour route.
Black Hill Road closure:
- Black Hill Road will be closed for the northbound M1 carriageway closure on Sunday 21 August and Monday 22 August
- Access for property owners into and out of Black Hill and Buttai will be Black Hill Road via Lenaghans Drive or utilising John Renshaw Drive as part of the detour route.
Lenaghans Drive closure:
- Lenaghans Drive will be closed just north of Wayaba Road for the southbound M1 carriageway closure on Tuesday 23 August and Wednesday 24 August
- Access into and out of Lenaghan, Minmi and Stockrington will be Lenaghans Drive via Black Hill Road or Lenaghans Drive (Woodford Street) via Newcastle Link Road. If you live around the closure area, please allow extra travel time as your journey may take up to an additional 10 minutes, depending on your destination.
For more information For more information about the maintenance closures or to discuss any concerns, please contact our project manager Stewart Frame on (02) 4968 5219 (during business hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any concerns outside of business hours on the scheduled dates for the motorway closures please phone 0418 869 127 for assistance.