The NSW Government through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund has provided $45 million for upgrades to the two five leg roundabouts on the New England Highway at Church Street (near Maitland Railway Station) and High Street (near Maitland Hospital).
The majority of the $45 million will be allocated to the Railway Station roundabout, which has more consistent and extensive queues and delays than the Hospital roundabout.
The Railway Station roundabout also serves a higher order function as the intersection of two State roads (New England Highway and Cessnock Road) and will provide a crucial link to the Hunter Expressway from 2013 onwards.
Process to identify the preferred options
In March 2012 Roads and Maritime presented proposals for the two roundabouts to the community for comment. A total of 52 responses were received along with feedback from meetings with local businesses and land owners. Roads and Maritime considered this feedback and carried out further investigations to develop facoured options for both roundabouts.
In August 2012 Roads and Maritime released a favoured option for the Railway Station roundabout for community comment. A public meeting was held and 27 responses were received.
In February 2013 a favoured option for the Hospital roundabout was released for community comment. A public meeting was held in March and 17 responses were received.
Roads and Maritime has carried out further investigations since the release of the favoured options to assess issues raised by the community.
The investigations involved collecting additional traffic data, additional traffic modelling, further survey and design, and assessment of the cost and feasibility of additional options.
During this time RMS also implemented safety improvements in the area including removal of vegetation at the Hospital roundabout, installing safety barriers, improved linemarking and signposting and resurfacing the westbound exit at the Railway Station roundabout.
Determining the preferred options
The primary objectives in determining the preferred roundabout options were to:
- Consider comments and suggestions raised by the public
- Reduce crash rates and severity of crashes
- Improve traffic performance
- Cater for future traffic growth
- Minimise environmental and flooding impacts
- Maintain accessibility to adjacent residential and commercial areas.
|Cessnock Road u-turn bay and closure of Walker Street entry to roundabout||Started August 2013 – Completion mid 2014|
|Hospital roundabout street lighting, pedestrian safety improvements and slip lanes||Started October 2013 – Completion mid 2014|
|Cessnock Road slip lane||Start November 2013 – Completion mid 2014|
|Johnson Street traffic lights||Start early 2014 – Completion mid 2014|
|Railway Station roundabout eastbound overpass||Start late 2014 – Completion late 2015|