Feedback sought on duplication of Tourle Street
11 November 2013
Feedback sought on duplication of Tourle Street and Cormorant Road
Community feedback is invited on the preferred option for the future upgrade of Tourle Street and Cormorant Road at Kooragang.
Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann said the NSW Government had allocated $3 million this financial year to plan for the future upgrade to improve traffic flow and cater for future traffic growth in this industrial and employment centre.
“Tourle Street and Cormorant Road form the main corridor connecting Kooragang Island to Newcastle and the southern section of the Port of Newcastle,” Mr Baumann said.
“The road also provides the primary means of connecting Newcastle with the Newcastle Airport and Port Stephens. About 33,000 vehicles use the corridor each day, including more than 3000 heavy vehicles.
“Roads and Maritime Services has developed a preferred design to duplicate this busy road and is seeking community feedback to progress planning.
“The preferred option duplicates 3.8 kilometres of the arterial road between Industrial Drive at Mayfield West and Egret Street at Kooragang to provide two lanes in each direction.
“The option also includes building a new two lane bridge on the western side of the existing Tourle Street bridge.
“The duplication would provide wider 2.5 metre shoulders along Cormorant Road to cater for on-road cyclists to improve safety.
“The preferred option provides the best overall balance between environmental, social and technical considerations.
“Roads and Maritime has considered a range of identified local constraints and issues such as the environmental significance of the Long Pond on the northern side of Cormorant Road.”
Feedback on the design is invited by 6 December 2013. Feedback will be considered and incorporated where appropriate in finalising the concept design.
To have your say or for a copy of the community update and more information about the project visit rms.nsw.gov.au/projects
Media: Michelle Mexon – 0421 443 401
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