New England Highway and Wyndella Road intersection, Lochinvar
Roads and Maritime Services is planning an upgrade of this intersection to accommodate future traffic growth on the highway associated with the Lochinvar Urban Release Area.
The New England Highway is part of the inland route of the Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle.
The highway is a key link between regional towns in the Hunter, including areas planned for future growth. Maitland City Council has rezoned around 650 hectares of rural land at Lochinvar, near Maitland, for the Lochinvar Urban Release Area (LURA).
The LURA will house up to 5000 new lots and Roads and Maritime has prepared a design for an upgrade at the New England Highway and Wyndella Road intersection to accommodate access from the highway into the new residential area.
This project will be funded through the NSW Government Housing Acceleration Fund.
The upgrade will:
- Unlock land for housing development
- Providing transport infrastructure certainty
- Develop new infrastructure for public and active transport modes
- Accommodate future traffic growth along the New England Highway generated by the LURA and other developments within the Maitland local government area.
The proposed intersection includes installing traffic lights, road widening, building part of the future ‘Southern Ring Road’ opposite Wyndella Road and providing facilities for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.
Construction is expected to start in 2018.