Australia 'Pay close attention': Motorists warned ahead of City2Surf road closures

22:51  10 august  2018
22:51  10 august  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Eight thousand people are expected for this weekend's City2Surf.© James Alcock Eight thousand people are expected for this weekend's City2Surf.

Special police operations will be in place on Sunday morning during the City2Surf, with residents and motorists needing to be wary of major road closures in the CBD and eastern suburbs.

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“City2Surf is a much-celebrated Sydney event and we intend to maintain that atmosphere – our priority is making sure the route and surrounding areas are safe for the tens of thousands of runners taking the 14km challenge this year,” police Superintendent Brad Hodder said.

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Supt Hodder will lead Operation Seagrass, a high-visibility policing strategy "in place to ensure the safety and security of participants, event staff and spectators, while working to minimising the impact of the event on local residents and the wider community".

The operation will stretch from the start line in Hyde Park, with Elizabeth Street a clearway between Campbell Street and Hunter Street from 1am on Sunday morning to 4pm in the afternoon, all the way to Bondi Beach, where Campbell Parade and surrounding side streets are closed from 6am or 7am to 4pm.

With more than 80,000 people expected to participate in the event, spectators and competitors are being urged to take public transport to the finish line.

“Public transport is certainly your best bet when travelling to and from the City2Surf this weekend – travel on the network is free for competitors and saves you the stress of finding a park,” Supt Hodder said.

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The City 2 Surf finish line is located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, adjacent to the children’s playground, north of the Bondi Pavilion, with runners finishing in a south bound direction. 5km. New South Head Road at O’Sullivan Road , Rose Bay.

William Street will be closed from 6am to midday, before the route twists into the eastern suburbs. New South Head Road, which makes up the majority of the 14km course, is closed from 6am-12pm between its south western most point and Ocean Street, between 7am and 1pm from Ocean Street to Newcastle Street and from 7am to 2pm for the rest of the way.

Old South Head Road is closed from 7am-2pm until the course turns on to Military Road, which is closed for the same time – with the final few minutes of the course and the surrounding areas shut down until 4pm.

The police presence will extend beyond the roads, with police enforcing clearway areas which extend up to Bondi Junction via Bondi Road, as well as parts of Old South Head Road, with Supt Hodder warning drivers to "be sure to pay close attention to signage".

The beach and surrounding areas are alcohol-free.

“We will have officers in and around the Bondi finish-line throughout the day to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime,” Supt Hodder said.

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“We’re not there to spoil anyone’s fun but we won’t tolerate behaviour that puts yourself or other members of the community at risk.”

Sydney road closures on Sunday

  • College Street, Macquarie Street (between Hyde Park and Hunter Street)  and St James Road: 3.30am to 11am
  • Park Street (Between Elizabeth Street and William Street): 3.30am to 12pm
  • William Street at Yurong Street through to New South Head Road at Ocean Avenue: 6am to 12pm
  • New South Head Road at Ocean Avenue through to Newcastle Street: 6am to 1pm
  • New South Head Road at Newcastle Street through to Old South Head Road, Old South Head Road to Oceanview Avenue and Military Road: 6am to 2pm
  • Sections of Campbell Parade, Curlewis Street, Lamrock Avenue and other local roads: 6am to 4pm

Major road clearways on Sunday

  • Elizabeth Street (from Campbell Street to Hunter Street): 1am to 12pm
  • Bondi Road and Old South Head Road (from Blair Street to Bondi Road): 1am to 4pm

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