Toronto to Fennell Bay - Cary Street widening

Roads and Maritime Services has undertaken a planning study for the future widening of a 500 metre section of Cary Street between The Boulevarde and Bay Street, Toronto.

Updates and announcements

Funding to date has been for planning only and there are no plans for construction at this time. Development of a concept design, further community consultation, and an environmental impact assessment will be undertaken when the timing of construction is decided.

Project background

The Wallsend to Morisset route provides the main road access for the residential, commercial, and recreational areas on the western side of Lake Macquarie. With the continuing development of this area, Roads and Maritime has a long term objective to widen and improve this road.

In January 2007, the Five Islands upgrade project was opened to traffic and has reduced traffic delays along the route.
Improvements at Toronto Road and Enterprise Way at Woodrising, and Wangi Road and Dorrington Road at Rathmines were both completed in 2010.

The preferred option for the future widening of Toronto Road between Fennell Bay and Booragul was displayed in 2010 and has now been finalised. Roads and Maritime is currently working with Lake Macquarie City Council to have the preferred option boundaries included in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) so the corridor is protected.

In February 2011, linemarking changes were made to alter the lane configurations between The Boulevarde and Bay Street, Toronto. These changes have improved traffic flow and travel times along this section of Cary Street.

Objectives of the study

Study outcomes

Roads and Maritime has reviewed its long term scheme to widen Cary Street on the western side between The Boulevarde and Bay Street to provide four lanes and turn bays.

Preliminary widening options have been developed to a sufficient level to demonstrate that they can be constructed within the existing road corridor. As a result the existing road corridor within Lake Macquarie City Council's Local Environmental Plan will remain unchanged.

Roads and Maritime has also reviewed existing and predicted future traffic performance of this section of Cary Street based on forecast traffic growth along this route. The study has found that travel times along this section currently operate at an adequate level and are expected to continue to operate at an adequate level in the short to medium term.

Analysis of widening options found that only marginal benefits to traffic flow were provided if constructed in the short term. Construction of the project is therefore not anticipated in the short term as it cannot be justified at this time compared to other worthwhile road improvements in the Hunter Region.

Project objectives

There is a long standing proposal for widening Cary Street on the western side between The Boulevarde and Bay Street, with the widened corridor identified in Council's Local Environment Plan.

The objective of the planning study was to review potential design options between The Boulevarde and Bay Street, Toronto, to ensure that the road corridor in Council's Local Environment Plan has sufficient width to cater for the future widening of Cary Street.

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