Safer journeys for road users at Lambton and Wallsend
26 May 2021
Newcastle motorists will soon benefit from safety improvements starting next week at three intersections on Newcastle Road and Thomas Street.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the Berejiklian Government’s Safer Roads Program is investing almost $750,000 to help reduce the risk of crashes on this busy road.
“These improvements will help the 45,000 motorists travelling daily on this route through Lambton and Wallsend complete their journeys safety and return to their loved ones,” Mr Martin said.
“Improvements to these intersections will also generate work for about 20 locals and contractors, providing a much-needed boost to the local economy as we continue to recover from COVID-19.”
Mr Martin said Transport for NSW will be carrying out improvements westbound at the Morehead Street intersection at Lambton and the Victory Parade and Metcalfe Street intersections at Wallsend.
“This will involve resurfacing the road to provide a high friction surface which helps to improve skid resistance, especially during wet weather,” Mr Martin said.
“New flashing signs will be installed to provide advanced warnings on approach to the intersections and a traffic light post will be raised to improve visibility.
Crews will start work on Monday 31 May and are expected to complete the project by the end of June, weather permitting.
To reduce impact to motorists, work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Fridays, with up to 10 shifts at each intersection.
Lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during work hours for the safety of workers and road users.
Motorists are advised to allow up to five minutes extra travel time, drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.