Fennell Bay to Booragul - Toronto Road widening
Roads and Maritime Services has planned for the future widening of a two kilometre section of Toronto Road between Fennell Bay and Booragul.
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Funding to date has been for planning only. The next step is to protect the route from development by assisting Lake Macquarie City Council to include the modified route corridor in their Local Environment Plan.
The Wallsend to Morisset route provides the main road access for the residential, commercial and recreational areas on the western side of Lake Macquarie.
In January 2007, the Five Islands upgrade project was opened to traffic and has reduced traffic delays along the route. In addition an upgrade at the intersection of Toronto Road and Enterprise Way at Woodrising was completed in June 2010 to improve road safety for traffic exiting and entering Enterprise Way.
Roads and Maritime has reviewed its long term scheme to widen Toronto Road on the eastern side between Fennell Bay (Macquarie Road intersection) and Booragul (Rens Street). Options were investigated for the future widening of the existing road to four lanes on either the eastern or western side.
Roads and Maritime identified the western option as the preferred route as it minimises potential impacts on the local community and the surrounding environment.
The next step is to protect the route from development by assisting Lake Macquarie City Council to include the modified route corridor in their Local Environment Plan.
Future widening of Toronto Road to four lanes would provide the following benefits:
- Increased road capacity for future growth to reduce traffic congestion
- Improved road safety for through and local traffic
- Enhanced cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Roads and Maritime identified the western option as the preferred route for the future road widening. It provides the best overall balance between environmental, social and technical considerations. The preferred western option:
- Is further away from a larger number of residences on the eastern side of the route
- Minimises potential impacts such as traffic noise, on the majority of residents in the study area
- Minimises potential impacts on the two local schools
- Minimises impacts on the eastern fauna movement corridor
- Minimises visual impacts by maintaining the existing vegetation on the eastern side of Toronto Road.
Community comments were sought in July and August 2010 on the work to date. All comments were important to assist in finalising a preferred option.