Contra flow exercise on F3 to close one lane

Section of the F3 freeway will be closed for almost four hours while NSW Government conducts a contra flow exercise

October 18, 2012

A section of the F3 freeway will be closed for almost four hours when New South Wales authorities conduct a contra flow exercise later this month.

The Transport Management Centre, NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services will conduct the exercise on October 28 between 5.30am and 9am at Berowra.

All northbound traffic on the freeway will be transferred onto the southbound carriageway using a contra flow for a 1.5km stretch between the on- and off-ramps at Berowra.

"The exercise provides a unique opportunity to improve the ability of crews to respond to major incidents," Roads Minister Duncan Gay says.

"There are a number of different measures which have been introduced which allow us to better manage traffic flow on the F3 during critical incidents, and implementing contra flows is an important one."

Gay says the timing of the exercise will have a minimal impact on road users because the F3 generally carries low traffic volumes on Sunday mornings and the date falls outside of school holidays or long weekends.

Traffic will be diverted from the F3 onto the Pacific Highway from 5:30am to 7am while the contra flow is implemented.

Between 7am and 8am, all northbound lanes will be closed with the contra flow being utilised in the southbound carriageway. There will be two northbound lanes and one southbound lane available.

The contra flow will start to be removed at 8am with southbound traffic again directed onto the Pacific Highway, with all lanes reopened in both directions by 9am.

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