Intersection upgrades between F3 and Newcastle

16 November 2011

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will next week start work on the first two of six intersection upgrades along the main route between the F3 Freeway and Newcastle.

An RMS spokesperson said $10 million has been provided to start work on the six intersection upgrades this financial year.

“The Hunter Expressway is scheduled to open to traffic in late 2013 and traffic along this route is expected to increase.

“The intersection upgrades along this 13 kilometre route will improve traffic flow and road safety,” the spokesperson said.

The preferred options for each of the six key intersections were displayed for community comment in February and the designs have now been finalised.

The project’s environmental assessment was approved in September and is available to view at the RMS website.

“Work will start next week to upgrade the Jesmond roundabout at the intersection of Main and Newcastle roads and the intersection of Newcastle Road, Longworth Avenue and Thomas Street, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.

“The work at the intersection of the Jesmond roundabout involves the installation traffic lights in the roundabout to better manage the strong eastbound traffic flow.

“The traffic lights will control traffic moving east on Newcastle Road and traffic turning right at the roundabout to travel north along Main Road. An additional right turn lane will be built in the roundabout for this traffic.

“The work at the intersection of Newcastle Road, Longworth Avenue and Thomas Street includes adjusting lanes to provide an additional continuous lane from Newcastle Road to turn left into Thomas Street, relocating pedestrian crossings and installing traffic lights at the Newcastle Road entry to improve flow for westbound and northbound traffic using the roundabout.

“Work will be mostly carried out during the day but some night work may be required. RMS will provide notice to nearby residents before any night work occurs.

“Motorists may experience minor delays or short detours and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to residents and motorists.

“These intersection upgrades are expected to be completed by June 2012, weather permitting.

“No work will take place during the two week Christmas break,” the spokesperson said.

Motorists should obey all signs at the site, including reduced speed limit signs.

Be roadwork aware, slow down and take care – roadwork speed limits are enforceable.

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