Road closures on the way for Sydney and Brisbane

Half marathon to close streets in Sydney’s CBD this weekend, while Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway will close next week for works

May 17, 2013

Motorists are being warned of major road closures in and around Sydney’s CBD tomorrow due to a half marathon being held.

The event will take place in the CBD and Pyrmont on Sunday, starting at 6.45am in College Street.

The course runs via Macquarie Street, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Millers Point and the Western Distributor to Pyrmont, then returns via Sussex Street, Kent Street, the Cahill Expressway, Macquarie Street and Royal Botanic Gardens finishing at Hyde Park.

The Cahill Expressway, sections of the Western Distributor and roads in the vicinity of Hyde Park and Royal Botanic Gardens will begin closing at 4am.

The race route and surrounding roads will begin closing from 5am, with the course completely locked down by 5.45am.

Roads will begin opening from 8am, with all roads re-opened by 11am.

Special-event clearways will be in place from 3am to 10.30am. Motorists are advised to check signs before parking as vehicles parked in special-event clearways will be towed and fines apply.

Meanwhile, Brisbane’s Riverside Expressway will temporarily close next week so 40-year-old pot bearings can be replaced.

"We replaced the pot bearings on the first span near Margaret Street last year and tests showed some corrosion and the need to replace all the pot bearings," Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson says.

The expressway will be closed inbound from 9pm on Friday, May 24 until 9am on Saturday, May 25 between the Margaret Street off-ramp and Ann Street on-ramp.

The Alice Street westbound on-ramp and Margaret Street southbound off-ramp will also be closed.

"The expressway will be lifted in preparation for bearing replacement works next month," Emerson says.

He says the expressway will be fully closed from June 28 to July 1 to complete the works.

"We will make every effort to reduce the impact on motorists and that’s why we’re working around Brisbane’s busy major event schedule," he says.

The pot bearings are steel bearings bolted to the structure to transfer loads from the deck to the foundations and to allow for movement.

The decks need to be jacked up about 200mm to allow the old bearings to be unbolted and the new bearings to be fitted.

Emerson says the new bearings will more effectively resist corrosion and last longer than the original bearings.

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