Stewart Avenue, Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street – safety improvements

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to carry out safety improvements on Stewart Avenue at the Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street intersections to improve safety and traffic flow.

Updates and announcements

Comments on the proposed safety improvements closed on Friday 17 March 2017.

Roads and Maritime will consider the feedback received to finalise the design. The community will be notified before work begins on the upgrade.

A copy of the proposed design is available in the February 2017 project notification (PDF, 240KB).

Project background

The NSW Government has provided $800,000 in 2017/18 through the Safer Roads program to improve safety and traffic flow on the Stewart Avenue intersections of Parkway Avenue and Kemp Street.

In the five year period between January 2011 and December 2015 there were 17 crashes at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Parkway Avenue, including 10 injury crashes. The majority of crashes involved a vehicle coming out of the eastern side of Parkway Avenue.

In the period between January 2011 and December 2015 there were seven crashes at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Kemp Street, including four injury crashes, with a majority of crashes involving motorists turning right in and right out of Kemp Street and rear end crashes.

Key features

The project will involve:

  • Providing a 30 metre right turn lane on Parkway Avenue for westbound motorists turning onto Stewart Avenue, including adjusting the traffic lights to provide a right turn phase.

    The right turn lane and traffic light phasing would improve safety for motorists turning right. The proposal would also improve traffic flow because motorists turning right would no longer be waiting in the through lane on Parkway Avenue.

    The mature trees on the median strip will not be removed as part of the work. Some lower branches on four trees closest to Stewart Avenue may need to be trimmed to shorten any overhanging branches and provide clear sight distance for motorists.

    An arborist will be on-site during working hours to carry out ongoing monitoring of any work located close to the trees
  • Installing a raised concrete median on Kemp Street to permanently ban right turn movements into and out of the eastern side of Kemp Street. Motorists will also no longer be able to drive straight through from the western side of Kemp Street into the eastern side of Kemp Street. Alternative access would be via the traffic lights at Parkway Avenue. This will reduce the risk of crashes by removing conflicting traffic movements
  • There will be no changes to parking on Parkway Avenue or Stewart Avenue.

Roads and Maritime is working in consultation with Newcastle City Council to ensure that the proposed work on Parkway Avenue is consistent with the Heritage Conservation Area outlined in Council’s Local Environment Plan.

Next steps

Upcoming activities include:

  • Display the environmental assessment for community comment
  • Finalise the intersection design
  • Start construction in late 2017.
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