Bradfield Highway (Sydney)
Bradfield Highway, south-westerly aspect
|Length||2.5 km (1.6 mi)|
|Gazetted||19 March 1932|
|Maintained by||Roads & Maritime Services|
The highway was opened on 19 March 1932 and was named in honour of Dr John Bradfield. As a government-appointed civil engineer, Bradfield oversaw the tendering process for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and as the NSW Public Works Department chief engineer had oversight of the bridge design and construction. Amid some controversy, Bradfield was also considered to be the co-designer of the bridge's arch design, along with Dorman Long and Sir Ralph Freeman.
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The southern terminus of the Bradfield Highway is at the northeastern end of the Western Distributor in the Sydney central business district and crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with its northern terminus at the Warringah Freeway in North Sydney, north of the Pacific Highway exit at the Mount Street ramp. Prior to the construction of the Warringah Freeway in 1968, all traffic at the northern terminus of the Bradfield Highway was directed to or from the Pacific Highway, via North Sydney.:Construction of the Warringah Freeway (image)
The Bradfield Highway currently carries six lanes of traffic across the eight lane Sydney Harbour Bridge. The other two traffic lanes on the Sydney Harbour Bridge are used for the Cahill Expressway, which run only southbound on the bridge. During peak periods three out of the six lanes are reversed, giving a 2 × 4, 3 × 3 or 5 × 1 flow. The default is 4 × 2, being four north lanes and two south lanes (with the additional two lanes of the Cahill Expressway providing an even flow of traffic). The direction of the lanes is indicated by electronic signage above each lane. The lanes are numbered one to six from west to east. Lane six was also reversed prior to 1990 during the evening rush hour, giving a 6 × 0 flow, however this no longer occurs because of changes made to the Warringah Freeway to accommodate the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.
In 2001, 159,587 vehicles a day used the highway.
In August 1992 the Sydney Harbour Tunnel opened which helped to relieve congestion on the Bradfield Highway.
A road toll is levied on all vehicles travelling across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, via the Bradfield Highway or the Cahill Expressway in a southerly direction only. A toll also applies for vehicles travelling in the same direction using the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. In November 2014 NSW Roads & Maritime Services proposed an to upgrade the tolling infrastructure which included the construction new tolling gantries at four locations on the northern approaches to the bridge, covering the Bradfield Highway, Cahill Expressway and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and the removal of existing tolling gantries at both the northern and southern bridge termini.
Exits and interchanges
|North Sydney||North Sydney||0||0.0||Warringah Freeway (M1) – Crows Nest, Mosman, Hornsby, Newcastle, Brisbane||Includes access from Military Road, Falcon Street and the Gore Hill Freeway|
|Mount Street – North Sydney||Southbound entrance only.|
|0.4||0.25||Pacific Highway – North Sydney, Chatswood, Artarmon||Northbound exit only. Access from Pacific Highway to the Bradfield Highway from the north is via Mount Street or Falcon Street|
|Milsons Point||0.5||0.31||Lavender Street – Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli and Luna Park||Northbound exit only.|
|Port Jackson||1||0.62||Sydney Harbour Bridge (Toll on southbound carriage only)|
|Sydney||Sydney CBD||2.5||1.6||Western Distributor (A4) – Haymarket, Ashfield, Parramatta||Bradfield Highway continues south as the Western Distributor|
|Cahill Expressway – The Domain||Northbound entrance only|
|York Street – Sydney central business district||Southbound exit only|
|Clarence Street – Sydney central business district||Northbound entrance only|
|Grosvenor Street – Sydney central business district|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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