Metroad 1
Waterfall to Wahroonga via Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Unusual Metroad 1 definition(?) sign on Pacific Highway at Gordon. May 2004.

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Length: 64km

Northern Terminus: Pacific Hwy & Pennant Hills Rd, Wahroonga

Southern Terminus: Princes Hwy & Southern Freeway, Waterfall

Route taken: Pacific Hwy, Gore Hill Fwy, Warringah Fwy, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Cahill Expressway, Eastern Distributor, Southern Cross Dr, General Holmes Dr, The Grand Pde, President Ave, Princes Hwy

Focal Points: Wollongong, Sutherland, Airport, Sydney, North Sydney, Chatswood, Hornsby

RTA Internal Classification: State Highway 1 (Princes Hwy), Main Road 667 (President Ave), Main Road 194 (The Grand Pde/General Holmes Dr), Main Road 593 (Southern Cross Dr), Main Road 6007 (Eastern Distributor/Cahill Expressway), Main Road 6092 (Sydney Harbour Tunnel), Main Road 651 (Warringah/Gore Hill Freeways), State Highway 10 (Pacific Hwy)

General Overview:

Metroad 1 directly replaced National Route 1, the major north-south highway through Sydney. While not the major through route between its two endpoints, Metroad 1 still serves a large amount of traffic - a high percentage of which is commuter traffic - as well as the airport and the Port Botany industrial area. The non-freeway sections - the Princes and Pacific Highways - are generally 6-lanes wide with S-lanes and a 30cm median. South of Sutherland there is an improvement in the alignment, with near freeway conditions along between President Ave (Sutherland) and Yarrawarrah and south of Heathcote.

The majority of the route was constructed prior to the introducation of Metroad 1 - the only significant construction since 1993 being the Eastern Distributor and some reconstruction due to the M5 East near the Airport Tunnel. The more detailed history is covered in each individual section of the route.

Notable events in the history of Metroad 1:

Oct 1993 - Route signed
Dec 1999 - Metroad 1 put underground through the Eastern Distributor tunnels

Explore Metroad 1:

Northern Terminus: Pearces Corner
F3 Interchange, Wahroonga
Pacific Highway (Metroad 1 section)
Gore Hill Freeway
Warringah Freeway
Sydney Harbour Tunnel
Cahill Expressway
Eastern Distributor
Southern Cross Drive/General Holmes Drive
Princes Highway (Metroad 1 section)
Southern Terminus: Waterfall
Former alignment: Southern Cross Dr to Cahill Expressway
National Route 1 Remnants: The route that Metroad 1 replaced

Photos of Metroad 1 (sections not covered by above links)
President Ave at Kogarah looking east. Sep 2004.
ID sign at West Botany St, Kogarah. Sep 2004.
Metroad 1 trailblazer westbound on President Ave. Oct 2005.
Eastbound approaching the Grand Pde. Thanks to Winston Yang for this pic.
Looking north on The Grand Pde through Brighton-Le-Sands. Sep 2004.
Looking north to Bay St, Brighton-Le-Sands. Aug 2000.
RD sign northbound on General Holmes Drive heading away from Bestic Street, Kyeemagh. Sep 2004.

Last updated 12 December 2012
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