When will M2 reopen...

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby vosadrian » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:31 am

caneye wrote:as of yesterday, M2 westbound AFTER PHR is ready for riding. the road shoulder was cleaned, resurfaced and repainted. even has newly painted "bicycle" logos on it. in fact, i saw a cyclist riding west-bound yesterday.

However, the PHR intersection remains a dog's breakfast. the only way Mr Rapha would've been able to cycle west-bound yesterday was to ride in traffic, ie take the lane for 200-400m after the PHR on-ramp west-bound. we're talking about sharing the lane with cars travelling at 100kmh here ..

ALSO, on the PHR off-ramp west-bound, there are still barricades in place preventing riders from continuing on the M2. like i said, a dog's breakfast.


Is there any progress on riding on the M2 PHR to Seven Hills? Likely to be before the end of the year?
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby caneye » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:02 am

no good news to-date mate.

in fact, more bad news.
once you get on PHR off-ramp, immmediately after turning LEFT to join the detour, the footpath is temporarily closed. you will be forced to ride with traffic on PHR. NorthConnex is using that stretch to park a number of their mobile floodlights.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby vosadrian » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:51 am

Thanks for that. For me, I live near Pennant Hills Rd, so just looking to head west from there. I have started riding Old Northern Rd to Baulkham Hills and getting on there. It was better to get on at PHR, but I will have to wait a while longer by the looks of it.
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby caneye » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 am

take note that there was some roadwork done over the weekend (west bound just before the Beecroft tunnel). A section of the road was dug up and new asphalt laid however it creates an artificial bump on the breakdown lane. it might catch riders out if they do not expect it 'cos west-bound into tunnel is a little downhill and it's very easy to pick up good speed at this section.
beware!

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby duncanm » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:42 pm

caneye wrote:take note that there was some roadwork done over the weekend (west bound just before the Beecroft tunnel). A section of the road was dug up and new asphalt laid however it creates an artificial bump on the breakdown lane. it might catch riders out if they do not expect it 'cos west-bound into tunnel is a little downhill and it's very easy to pick up good speed at this section.
beware!


not to worry - the helpful RMS has now placed a few 'rough surface' signs both East and West bound just West of the tunnel, leaving a safe little ~0.5m gap between sign and car lane in the worst case.

How nice of them.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby caneye » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:28 pm

just read the Northconnex website today .. utter BS.

http://northconnex.com.au/construction.php

"As part of work to build the access ramps for NorthConnex, the westbound and eastbound Hills M2 Motorway cycleways will be closed between Pennant Hills Road and Windsor Road until 2020".

Since when did they revise the date? The original page had the westbound cycleway reopening in early 2018.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby jubaeg » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 pm

Faaark. That's annoying. I've been watching it from the bus and I was thinking that there is no way that its ready or even space for a cyclist from the PHR ramp onto the M2.

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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby Leethal » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:39 am

I bet if NorthConnex could charge cyclists a toll to use they'd ensure there'd be 24hr access. However, IMO the blame lays squarely with NSW government for not extending the separated M7 cycleway (via Terms of Reference for the M2 design) all the way into the city. There's just no vision in state politics anymore... :roll:
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Re: When will M2 reopen...

Postby queequeg » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:22 am

Leethal wrote:I bet if NorthConnex could charge cyclists a toll to use they'd ensure there'd be 24hr access. However, IMO the blame lays squarely with NSW government for not extending the separated M7 cycleway (via Terms of Reference for the M2 design) all the way into the city. There's just no vision in state politics anymore... :roll:


Since I started cycling in 2008, and living at Marsfield near the Browns Waterhole underpass, the M2 has been closed to cyclists in some form or another for all but about 2 years. The first closure they did was back in 2007 I think, when they took away the shoulder for Westbound cyclists between Talavera Rd and Beecroft Rd, to squeeze in an extra lane by taking away the shoulder. I am not sure what exactly this achieved. You could still ride Eastbound.
In 2010 they closed all access due to the M2 Upgrade, and it was supposed to be for 2 years. That blew out to 4 years by the time it reopened in full. We got about 2 years of full access until NorthConnex appeared and access was again removed for the section from Pennant Hills Rd to Windsor Rd, and that is unlikely to be open until 2020 now.
They had an opportunity to put in a proper cycleway when they did the upgrade, but unless the govt mandates these things, they won't do it.
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