Plan your trips over Bolivia Hill with caution over coming months as the realignment project causes closures and delays.
From Monday, December 3 slope stabilisation work will be carried out for 12 weeks (weather permitting) as part of the New England Highway upgrade at the hill located around 32 kilometres south of Tenterfield,
During this time traffic over the hill will be reduced to one lane between 6am and 6pm from Mondays to Saturdays.
For the first two weeks of the period (December 3-15) the highway will also be fully closed for around 30 minutes three times each day, excluding Sundays.
These closures will happen between the periods from 9am to 10am, 12 noon to 1pm and 3pm to 4pm, so it will be best to avoid these times as much as possible. Roads and Maritime Services said the closures are required to remove boulders from the slope next to the highway.
The flow restrictions are expected to cause some delays as traffic backs up, the RMS said.
“Motorists can expect delays of up to 40 minutes during the full closures, and 10 to 15 minutes at all other times between 6am and 6pm. The highway will be fully open to traffic each night.
“Advice for motorists will be provided through electronic message boards.”
The RMS is advising road users to plan their journeys during this time as there are no practical alternative routes.
An indication of the degree of congestion at the hill can be found on the Live Traffic NSW app for smartphones.
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