Community reminded to have a say on planning to extend M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace
29 October 2015
Roads and Maritime Services is reminding the community to have a say on the revised concept design for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace before comments close on Friday 6 November.
A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said $3 million has been allocated this financial year to continue planning the upgrade which is one of the final major stages of the Pacific Highway/Motorway to be built between Sydney and Brisbane, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae.
“The 2010 project design was recently reviewed and improved by Roads and Maritime to ensure the future extension provides the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community,” the spokesperson said.
“The improvements aim to ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve road user safety.
“The community is invited to comment on the revised concept design and all feedback will be taken into account to finalise the concept design and inform the environmental assessment.”
The Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the road alignment has been moved further north between Black Hill and Tomago and would include a new 2.6 kilometre bridge across the Hunter River and floodplain.
“The change in alignment means a new major interchange can be included at Tarro to improve traffic flow and connectivity between the M1 Pacific Motorway, New England Highway and John Renshaw Drive,” the spokesperson said.
“The Tomago Road interchange has been redesigned to improve access to and from the major industrial and employment area.
“The revised design also improves flood immunity across the route and minimises the impact to environmentally sensitive areas like protected wetlands.”
The community can learn more about the revised design online by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au/m1rt and can provide feedback by emailing M1RT@jacobs.com or calling 1800 094 895 until Friday 6 November.
For more information please visit M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.