Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road intersection upgrade, Morisset

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to upgrade this intersection to improve safety, traffic flow and accommodate increased traffic demand.

Updates and announcements

Work on the intersection started on Tuesday 28 August and is progressing well. The work will be carried out from 7am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm Saturdays and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.

There are some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

For more information please see our August 2018 project notification (PDF, 260Kb).

Project background

The NSW Government is providing $3.3million under the Network Efficiency Program to build traffic lights at this intersection to cater for increased traffic volumes associated with development in the area.

The upgrade is in response to increased traffic volumes associated with development in the area and community concerns being raised about safety at the intersection.

Traffic volumes through the Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road intersection at Morisset are around 1752 vehicles per hour in the morning peak, and 1999 vehicles per hour in the afternoon peak.

Roads and Maritime Services sought comments from the community and stakeholders on the proposed project in April and May 2018.

Project objectives

The upgrade will:

  • Improve safety
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Accommodate increased traffic demand due to growth in the local area.

Project features

The project includes installing traffic lights at the intersection to better manage traffic movements and improve motorist safety, especially for vehicles turning in and out of Fishery Point Road.

It also includes building raised concrete medians and changes to line marking to prevent motorists from crossing to the wrong side of the road near this busy intersection.

An additional right turn lane from Macquarie Street into Fishery Point Road and road widening would be carried out to provide a second southbound lane on Fishery Point Road.

Following a review of feedback received in the April and May 2018 community consultation, some changes have been made to the proposed upgrade, which include:

  • Widening on the northern side of Macquarie Street to retain parking for residents and provide a new on-road cycleway
  • Building a retaining wall on the northern side of Macquarie Street to facilitate the road widening
  • Providing dual lanes for traffic that has turned right into Fishery Point Road, merging at Pulbah Street and allowing enough width for through traffic to pass right turning vehicles.
  • Providing ‘Keep Clear’ line marking at Pulbah Street (northbound)
  • Relocating line marking at the Macquarie Street and Wyee Street intersection to allow through traffic to pass vehicles turning right into Wyee Street

A copy of the design and more information is available in the August 2018 project notification.

Planning and investigations

Planning for the upgrade involved assessing traffic light and roundabout options for this location. A roundabout option would require major underground utility work and acquiring adjacent property due to the size of land needed to build a roundabout which could manage the increasing traffic volumes.

Traffic modelling showed a signalised intersection to be the best performing option for managing traffic flow. This option also requires no property acquisition, minimising impacts to adjacent properties.

Traffic monitoring will be carried out in Pulbah Street, Wyee Street and Oscar Lane before and after the new intersection is built to monitor traffic movements and any potential impacts to the local road network. Roads and Maritime will work with Lake Macquarie Council to minimise any impacts.

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