Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham (Hexham Straight)

The NSW Government is investing in Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham and is in the early stages of planning.

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JAN 2020

JAN 2020Contract awarded for Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham

Transport for NSW announced the award of contract for the development of the concept design and environmental assessment to improve the section of the Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) known as Hexham Straight between Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.

The contract has been awarded to Jacobs Group Australia and the next step will be to develop a preferred option to display for community comment in the second half of 2020.

Feedback received from the community will be considered in finalising the preferred option and developing the concept design and environmental assessment for the project.

Transport for NSW continues to investigate best solutions for the road network that would have the most benefit for all road users.

Project information

The Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) is a critical link from the Port of Newcastle to the National Land Transport Network and is among the busiest transport corridors carrying some of the highest traffic volumes in the Hunter.

The proposed six kilometre-long project would improve traffic flow along this critical route, deliver more reliable travel times for freight, and increase safety for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The proposed scope of the Hexham Straight project involves the addition of an extra lane in both directions, removal of the existing bridges and construction of two new bridges at Ironbark Creek, adjustments to connecting roads as well as significant utility relocation.

Timing for construction is not confirmed and would be dependent on planning approval, future traffic needs and funding availability.

The proposed improvements at Hexham include:

  • Upgrades to the six kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.
  • Widening of the dual carriageway from two lanes to three lanes in each direction
  • Demolition of the existing Ironbark bridge and construction of two new bridges at Ironbark Creek
  • Minor intersection upgrades and property adjustments
  • Utility relocation.

Key benefits of the proposal include:

  • improved connection between Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) known as Hexham Straight between Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge
  • improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
  • improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
  • improved safety for all road users

During the next phase of the project we will:

  • consult with property owners, residents and other impacted stakeholders
  • display the preferred option for community comment
  • continue to engage through the Transport for NSW website and project updates to keep the community informed as planning progress
  • display the concept design and environmental assessment for community comment before obtaining project approval.

Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 02 4908 7630 (during business hours)

Email: Andrew.J.Thompson@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Andrew Thompson, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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