The NSW Government is investing $12 million to upgrade the intersections of City Road (Pacific Highway) at Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive to improve traffic flow and safety.
NOV 2019Tenders invited for detailed design
We have invited tenders for detailed design of the project to relieve traffic congestion at the two intersections, which have been identified as pinch points where motorists experience queues and delays.More information
Construction is expected to start in late 2020 and is anticipated to take up to 12 months to complete.
Up to 6000 vehicles per hour travel through the intersections of City Road (Pacific Highway), Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road.
The intersections have been identified as ‘pinch points’ meaning motorists experience delays.
As they are close together, the intersections share congestion and safety issues during busy periods.
The proposed work is planned to start in late 2020 and take up to 12 months to complete.
The upgrades would:
- improve traffic flow on City Road (Pacific Highway) at the intersections of Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road by reducing existing queues
- address safety issues at the existing right turns from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road by extending right turn lanes
- build new left turn lanes from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Northcott Drive and into Kahibah Road
- improve pedestrian facilities, including new crossings and footpaths.
We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed as the project progresses.
After the detailed design phase we expect to call tenders during 2020 to deliver the upgrade. Construction is expected to start in late 2020 and is anticipated to take up to 12 months to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The intersections have been identified as ‘pinch points’ meaning motorists experience delays.Up to 6000 vehicles per hour travel through the intersections.As they are close together, the intersections share congestion and safety issues during busy periods.Pedestrian facilities need upgrading and we would install a new pedestrian crossing across Northcott Drive.
The objectives are:
- to improve traffic flow by reducing existing queues and delays
- to improve safety for motorists turning off City Road (Pacific Highway) into Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive
- to provide safer pedestrian facilities.
The improvements proposed include:
- Extending the right turn lanes from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Northcott Drive and into Kahibah Road
- Building new left turn lanes from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Northcott Drive and from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Kahibah Road
- New pedestrian crossing and footpaths
- Widening City Road (Pacific Highway)
- Widening Kahibah Road
- New road surface and line marking
No. Property acquisitions are not required for this project. Work wouldbe carried out within the existing road reserves.
There are some minor impacts to the road reservesunder the proposal. To adda dedicated left turn lane from City Road (Pacific Highway) into Kahibah Road we would widen the road by using a small area of the park on thecorner. The existing Lake Macquarie City Council sign in the small park will be relocated.
To extend the right turn lane from City Road into Northcott Drive we would use a small area of the road reserve on the southern side of City Road. This would affect informal parking arrangements by residents onthis section of City Road.
Bus stops will be retained. To ensure continued safety of all bus passengers at the stop located at City Road before Kahibah Road (Stop ID: 228959) a new barrier will be provided in the lead up to the stop.
During major work it will be closed while we build the new left turn lane on City Road (Pacific Highway) for motorists turning into Kahibah Road. During this time access to Highfields Parade will be via the left turn at the Kahibah Road traffic lights. At the end of major work, the slip lane will be reinstated and reopened to traffic.
The NSW Government has committed $12 million to upgrade these intersections to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes, with $700,000 provided to continue planning in 2018/19.
There have been 31 crashes resulting in 21 casualties at these intersections since late 2012.
In the five year period to June 2014 there were a total of 28 crashes. During this time, there were 18 crashes at the intersection of City Road (Pacific Highway) and Northcott Drive including one fatal crash, five injury crashes and 12 tow-away crashes. At the intersection of City Road (Pacific Highway) and Kahibah Road there were 10 crashes including four injury crashes and six tow-away crashes.
We put the safety of workers and motorists first. The area of work has high volumes of traffic within a narrow road corridor, which means we would need to work in stages to complete the work safely. Working in stages would have the added benefit of minimising disruption to residents and road users. The proposal would mean utilities, such as power and water, need to be relocated. We need to work closely with multiple relevant authorities.
At the Kahibah Road intersection there will be three turn lanes out of Kahibah road, instead of two as is the existing arrangement. This will provide additional capacity to the road network reducing queue lengths.
We recognise it is important to maintain our road assets so we are looking at design options during this financial year for the long term upgradeof the retaining wall. We will keep the community and City of Newcastle informed of planning along this section of City Road.
Access for property owners will be maintained at all times. Any changes to this would be in close consultation with the property owner.
The intersection of City Road (Pacific Highway) and Scenic Drive has been identified, in the same study as the Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive intersections, as an issue for further investigation. While there are opportunities to provide improvements here, we have to compete for funding against other projects across the state. We will keep the community informed about the progress for this intersection.
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For further information about this project contact:
Phone: 1800 955 033 (business hours - Ben Haycock, Project Manager/Engineer)
Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300