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.
Maintenance crews are out in force fixing roads that suffered significant damage during flooding over the past two weeks. 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 their preferred route is impacted and adjust their trip accordingly.
The NSW Nationals in the state government are asking motorists to plan ahead and check the Live Traffic and NSW SES websites before taking off on their journey.
NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole encouraged 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 underway, 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 in and 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.”
Double-demerit points will be in force 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