Work complete on upgrades between F3 and Newcastle

Thursday 8 August 2013

Work complete on $50 million intersection upgrades between F3 and Newcastle

Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay today announced the completion of the $50 million project to improve intersections along the road which forms the main link between the F3 Freeway and Newcastle.

Joined by local MP’s including Tim Owen (Newcastle) and Andrew Cornwell (Charlestown), Minister Gay said minor work which finished in the last few weeks marked the end of six intersection upgrades along the 13 kilometre route.

“Traffic along this route is expected to increase when the Hunter Expressway opens at the end of the year weather permitting, with expressway motorists expected to take the Newcastle Link Road exit to travel into Newcastle,” Minister Gay said.

“The upgrade of six key intersections was fully funded by NSW Government at a cost of $50 million.

“Work on the final two intersection upgrades started in August 2012 and finished at the end of July at the Douglas Street and Lake Road intersections, including replacing the roundabouts at the Lake Road and Thomas Street intersection and the Douglas Street and Newcastle Road intersection with traffic lights to better manage traffic flow.

“On Thomas Street three through lanes were provided in each direction and at the Douglas Street and Newcastle Road intersection three through lanes were built in the Newcastle direction.

“Work also included adjusting kerbs and medians to provide dedicated right turn lanes on all major approaches. The existing left turn lane from Thomas Street into Lake Road was also extended as part of the upgrade.

“The intersection upgrade at Cameron Park Drive and Newcastle Link Road started in mid 2012 with work progressively carried out to remove the roundabout and replace it with the lights which were switched on in April this year. Three additional through lanes were also built in each direction.

“Work at the intersection of the Jesmond roundabout started at the end of 2011 and involved installing traffic lights to better manage traffic flow.

“The lights were activated in July 2012 and operate 24 hours a day to control traffic moving east on Newcastle Road and traffic turning right at the roundabout to travel north along Main Road.

“An additional right turn lane was also built at the roundabout for this traffic.

“Work at the intersection of Newcastle Road, Longworth Avenue and Thomas Street also started at the end of 2011 and included adjusting lanes to provide an additional continuous lane from Newcastle Road to turn left into Thomas Street.

“The upgrade also involved relocating pedestrian crossings and the installation of traffic lights at the Newcastle Road entry to improve flow for westbound and northbound traffic using the roundabout. This upgrade was completed in June 2012.

“Pedestrian crossings have been provided at the intersections, as well as new street lighting and footpaths.

“This was a major project to prepare these key intersections for the opening of the Hunter Expressway and I want to thank local communities and all road users for their patience during all the works,” Minister Gay said.

Media: Lance Northey 0467 743 192

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