Sydney commuters are hit with FIVE YEAR peak hour delays as the Harbor Bridge undergoes urgent maintenance
- Work to get the roads on the Sydney Harbor Bridge back on track to continue this year
- The work is likely to lead to traffic chaos because motorists are led into the tunnel
- Lane seven and eight of the bridge are being upgraded for the first time since 1958
The Sydney Harbor Bridge needs urgent maintenance to get the road out of the water again, which can cause traffic chaos for up to five years.
Lane seven and eight of the iconic bridge are being upgraded for the first time since 1958, when they were changed from tram lines to become part of the Cahill Expressway.
Maintenance will begin this year before Christmas and will be completed in short phases over the next three to five years.
The extensive work is expected to cause the chaos of traffic and bring the city to a halt during peak times, as more than 160,000 people commute daily.
The Sydney Harbor Bridge will require some & # 39; urgent maintenance & # 39; to regain the road and strengthen & # 39; components & # 39;
Lane seven and eight of the iconic Sydney bridge are being upgraded for the first time since 1958, when they were changed from tram lines (shown in 1932)
Transport for NSW director John Harwick told Nine news the work is crucial because they are concerned about structural integrity and the condition of the roads.
He said: & # 39; We will do some re-use and strengthen its components to ensure that it is suitable for the traffic of the future. & # 39;
& # 39; We just see that this is the right time to redecorate them to make sure they are suitable for future generations. & # 39;
Although incidents on the bridge have halted traffic around the city, much of the work will be completed during off-peak hours.
The work is expected to be carried out in stages and will usually be done overnight while trying to keep the traffic flowing.
However, with traffic passing through the Port Tunnel, delays can still occur while the roads are paved.
Peter Khoury of NRMA understands that it can be frustrating for motorists, but insists that the work must be done.
& # 39; We know it's a necessary evil, no one likes to be stopped in roadworks and upgrades, but it has to happen, "he said.
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