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March 8, 2021

Grays Lane access to Pacific Highway to be closed

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Traffic will no longer be able to directly access Grays Lane from the Pacific Highway as of Thursday, December 20, 2018. Image RMS

Tyagarah’s Grays Lane will no longer be directly accessible to vehicles from the Pacific Highway from this Thursday (December 20) outside of festival times.

Yarun Road will remain open (except during events held at the Bluesfest site) and access to the Pacific Highway will be via the Gulgan Road interchange.

Pedestrian and cyclist access to Grays Lane will be provided via a self-closing gate to one side of the koala grid.

The closure is the result of a 2015 Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) investigation which examined crash history between Ewingsdale and Tyagarah and projections for 10-year growth in traffic volumes.

The investigation recommended a series of safety improvements, such as the closure of direct access to the Pacific Highway from a number of local roads, including Grays Lane.

The turn into Grays Lane from the northbound lanes of the highway has been blocked off for several years. Now direct southbound entry and exit will also be terminated.

Access gates will be installed at the end of Grays Lane and Yarun Road.

Changed conditions

The gate at Grays Lane will be closed at all times, except during events held at the Bluesfest site. Access will be via the Gulgun Road interchange.

During these events, however, the gate at Grays Lane will be opened to allow local residents to access their properties directly from the Pacific Highway as they currently do.

The gate at Yarun Road will only be closed during events held at the Bluesfest site to stop event traffic accessing Grays Lane.

Residents are advised to contact their local public transport provider for information about changes to pick up / drop off locations for Grays Lane.

Installation of the gates will take place on Thursday (December 20) between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting. The access closure will be effective immediately.

Traffic control and a reduced speed limit will be in place while the work is carried out to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and other road users.

Electronic messaging signs will be in place to remind motorists of the changes to access.

People with questions are encouraged to contact project manager Shaun Gillespie on 02 6640 1300 or email [email protected]

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  1. Yarun Road provides a good quieter cycling link parallel with the motorway, as does Woodford Lane . If a 2km path were built linking the two , along with a better signposted link to the cycle path from the Bay to Ewingsdale, we could provide safe off road cycling to the Gulgan Rd interchange, from which point the M1 provides wide safe albeit noisier cycling for the 3km on to Brunswick and from there on paths to Ocean Shores. With a further 3km path from Gulgan Road to Brunswick it would be possible to cycle on paths from Suffolk Park to Ocean Shores. When the rail trail is eventually built visitors would have a great opportunity for a cycling circuit of the northern part of the Byron Shire.


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