‘Expect congestion’: Cowra’s traditional traffic on Monday morning following Bathurst 1000

Police are telling drivers to be patient this weekend and also Monday morning with traffic on Kendal Street expected to become heavily congested following the Bathurst 1000.

With more than 200,000 people flocking to Bathurst for the weekend, Cowra has already become a thoroughfare and a pit stop for many racegoers.

Police will deploy a heavy presence of highway patrol to match the expected increased traffic conditions throughout the weekend.

“We’ve already noticed an influx of travellers heading to Bathurst and we suspect that will continue through the weekend followed by a mass exodus on Monday,” Inspector of Cowra Police Adam Beard said.

“There will be a heavy influx of highway patrol on our roads to monitor traffic flow and enforce road safety.”

Police expect Monday morning to be “peak time” as most southbound racegoers simultaneously leave Bathurst and make their way home.

It’s likely traffic will become bumper-to-bumper for a number of kilometres on the Mid Western Highway, continuing past the Cowra Bridge where motorists then disperse to different parts of the state.

“It’s expected there will be quite a significant traffic congestion on Monday following the races,” Inspector Beard said.

“We caution all drivers to show some patience and courtesy during these peak times and of course adhere to basic road safety messages.

“Once they get over the bridge they go the way of Forbes, Young, Boorowa or Grenfell but Cowra does become a bit of a bottle neck,” he added.