Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the roundabout to improve traffic flow and travel times on the New England Highway at Maitland.
SEP 2019First stage of work
Roads and Maritime Services is currently on site completing the first stage of work.
Work is being carried out from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am.More information
Additional work to build a retaining wall has been added to the project for the extension of the left turn lane from Cessnock Road onto the New England Highway.
Work on the first stage of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.
We are currently carrying out further traffic investigations and reviewing the scope for the second stage of project. We will come back to the community with a proposal later in the year for comment.
The NSW Government is investing $1.5million this financial year to develop and deliver traffic management solutions to improve traffic flow and travel times.
Work involves installing traffic lights on the eastbound approach to the New England Highway and Church Street roundabout to help reduce westbound queues.
The traffic lights will help to better manage traffic, particularly in the afternoon peak, by providing more frequent gaps between vehicles to allow westbound traffic to travel through the roundabout.
Traffic queue detectors will be installed on the New England Highway westbound approach to trigger the traffic lights to stop eastbound traffic when there are westbound queues. Detectors will also be installed on the eastbound approach to monitor traffic delays.
Work also includes widening Cessnock Road to extend the left lane by around 100 metres to near the U-turn bay. This will improve traffic flow and reduce the queue length on Cessnock Road in the morning peak by providing additional lane capacity for traffic traveling through the roundabout to Church Street.
Following installation of the traffic lights, traffic will be monitored to help inform further investigations and Stage 2.
Stage 2 improvements
We are planning additional traffic management changes for the roundabout and the nearby road network. The first stage of work will provide traffic flow improvements in the short-term while design work continues on the Stage 2 improvements.
The community will be invited to comment on any additional changes later in 2019.
We will keep the community updated as Stage 1 work progresses.
Community consultation for Stage 2 will be carried out later in 2019.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: (02) 4908 7735 (business hours – Paul Galvin, Project Manager)