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F3 motorists facing 'atrocious' delays after truck smash
November 23, 2011
Motorists coming to Sydney from the central coast this morning can expect an "atrocious" peak hour, with a truck crash causing major delays. Get the latest updates here.
8.35am: The RTA is reporting all lanes are now open on the F3, but traffic is still very heavy, heading back to the Motorway Link Road.
8.30am: Motorists are being urged to drive safely amid the gridlock on the F3 this morning. Local radio is reporting many are being tempted to do the opposite as frustration builds:
8.08am: Lane 1 is now open on the F3 but the 40km/h speed restriction remains in place. But the RTA is warning that there are intermittent closures for vehicle recovery, and delays remain extensive.
7.50am: The RTA is reporting that traffic is queued to one kilometre north of Sparks Road. We are getting reports the queue is backed up from Alison to the Doyalson Motorway Link interchange, which by our calculations is at least 7 kilometres.
An RTA spokesman has told ABC radio that "significant delays will be experienced for several hours." The Sparks Road on-ramp is closed for safety reasons. Light vehicles are being told to use Hue Hue Road as an alternative to avoid the congestion.
The earlier crash involving a car has been cleared, but it's hangover is lingering for commuters already facing a nightmare run into work.
7.43am: Motorists could be forgiven for experiencing flashbacks to April 2010 this morning. On that day, a truck collided with a petrol tanker on the F3 near Mount White. The result was the closure of all northbound lanes throughout peak hour and a contraflow finally established nine hours after the mid-morning accident.
7.30am: Stephanie Gardiner reports only one southbound lane is open on the F3 at Alison, near Wyong, after a semi-trailer ran up the back of another truck about 3.30am today, leaving the semi-trailer damaged.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Transport said only one lane will be open during peak hour and the speed limit has been reduced to 40km/h in the area.
"Our expectation is that it will not return to normal until after peak. It is atrocious. Anybody coming from the north coming into the city ... is going to have a really bad run."
Traffic travelling south was earlier being diverted onto Sparks Road, with motorists told to use different routes or delay their travel plans.
But there has also been a car accident on Sparks Road and the Department of Transport is warning drivers to be careful and reduce speed.
The department warned the diversion was not suitable for heavy vehicles, with some forced to be parked.
Police said the road was expected to be completely closed southbound for a number of hours.
No one was seriously injured in the accident.
Motorists were stranded for hours on the F3 after a truck collided with a petrol tanker just before noon on April 12, 2010, blocking all northbound lanes.