Temporary road closures on The Northern Road and Castlereagh Road are set to cause motorists plenty of headaches in coming weeks.
Commuters will have to grit their teeth from Friday, August 23 with representatives from Transport for NSW warning residents to allow extra travel time to work and school.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said work is continuing to deliver the important upgrades which will provide easier, faster and safer travel for motorists in western Sydney, once complete.
“A section of The Northern Road will be temporarily closed between Glenmore Parkway and Elizabeth Drive in late August to safely install a large water main across the width of the road,” the spokesperson said.
“While work is carried out, motorists will be detoured via Park Road, Mulgoa Road and the M4 Motorway. A secondary detour will also be available via Mamre Road, Luddenham Road and Elizabeth Drive.”
The spokesperson said the temporary closure will be in place from 8pm on Friday, August 23 to 4am on Monday, August 26.
Motorists are advised to allow an extra 20 minutes of travel time while The Northern Road is closed.
In particular, motorists should allow extra travel time between 9am and 2pm this weekend, August 24 and 25.
The spokesperson said motorists should also plan ahead for the temporary closure of Castlereagh Road between Jane Street and Thornton Drive in early September.
“Castlereagh Road will be temporarily closed from 10pm on Friday, September 6 to 5am Monday, September 9, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.
“This full closure will allow essential work to be carried out ahead of the new bridge being installed in December.
“During the closure, motorists will be detoured via The Northern Road to Andrews Road on the northern side and Jane Street on the southern side of the railway line.
“Alternative access to Museum Drive will be available via Combewood Avenue for access to the Museum of Fire.”
Transport for NSW predict the longest delay times on Saturday, September 7 between 10am and 3pm and encourage drivers to avoid the area if they can.
Access for local residents, pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times during the closures.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.