Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Tourle Street and Werribi Street intersections on Industrial Drive, Mayfield West to improve traffic flow and cater for future traffic growth.
DEC 2019Start of work
Some minor work activities started on the Werribi Street intersection in December 2019, including utility investigations and building the new footpath on the northern side of Industrial Drive.
Work will continue on the remainder of the project from Sunday 19 January.
We will be working between 6pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday and expect to complete the project by June 2020, weather permitting.
In February 2015, the NSW Government announced $8 million to upgrade the Industrial Drive intersections with Tourle Street and Werribi Street at Mayfield West as part of the Rebuilding NSW program.
Industrial Drive is a significant road link providing access to the city centre of Newcastle, the greater area of Port Stephens, the Pacific Highway and the New England Highway.
As there is a mix of heavy and light industry and commercial land uses in the area, a large proportion of heavy vehicle traffic travels through these intersections on Industrial Drive.
The Tourle Street and Werribi Street intersections are located close to each other and traffic queueing on Industrial Drive can make it problematic for motorists making the weave movement from Werribi Street to Tourle Street across the through lanes on industrial Drive. There are also queueing and capacity issues at both intersections.
The project has been split into two components.
The Industrial Drive and Tourle Street intersection at Mayfield West has been upgraded to improve safety and traffic efficiency.
More than 5,200 vehicles travel through the intersection per hour during the morning peak and more than 5,400 per hour during the afternoon peak.
Between July 2011 and December 2017, there were 34 crashes at the intersection including one fatal crash and 30 injury crashes. The predominant pattern of crashes were rear ends, collisions between cross traffic and loss of control crashes.
The project involved:
- Road widening to lengthen the existing left turn lane from Industrial Drive into Tourle Street which provides more capacity for motorists turning left. This ensures queued traffic from the left turn lane doesn’t spill out into the eastbound through lanes.
- Extending the length of the merge lane on Tourle Street heading north to improve safety for merging motorists. A 'zip' merge has improved traffic flow for northbound traffic.
Improving cycle safety at the intersection through the provision of wider road shoulders, off-road paths and building a concrete path from Industrial Drive to Murray Dwyer Circuit to connect to existing cycle facilities.
The environmental assessment for the project was finalised in November 2018. For more information please view or download the review of environmental factors (PDF, 50.9Mb).
The second component involves upgrading the Industrial Drive and Werribi Street intersection at Mayfield West.
The project will improve traffic efficiency at this intersection by increasing the storage capacity of the turning lanes. This will assist in reducing queues in the through lanes on Industrial Drive and reducing traffic congestion on Werribi Street.
The Werribi Street improvements involve:
- extending the left turn lane from Industrial Drive into Werribi Street
- widening Werribi Street to include a single left turn lane and dual right turn lanes onto Industrial Drive
- building a new footpath on Werribi Street next to Mayfield Church of Christ and on the northern side of Industrial Drive
- improving cycle paths on Industrial Highway
- road widening on the western side of Industrial Drive
- removing some trees and vegetation to allow for road widening
- relocating utilities
The environmental assessment for the project was finalised in November 2019. For more information please view or download the review of environmental factors (PDF, 20Mb).
March 2019 project notification
Start of work at the Industrial Drive and Tourle Street intersection, Mayfield West from Sunday 17 March 2019.