New Nelson Bay Road upgrade option

2 November 2020

The community is being asked to have their say on a new off-line option for the upgrade of Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and Bobs Farm.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government was investing $275 million to duplicate the busy corridor, which links residents, business and the community with Newcastle Airport and the Williamtown RAAF Base.

“The NSW Government has invested heavily in delivering a safer and more efficient Nelson Bay Road for the 25,000 motorists who use it every day, with work completed on the Bobs Farm to Anna Bay section in 2015 and the Medowie Road intersection in 2019, and work progressing on the Lemon Tree Passage Rd intersection,” Mr Toole said.

“The Williamtown to Bobs Farm duplication is the last major piece of this upgrade and will make a huge difference, delivering many benefits including improved traffic flow, better travel times and enhanced safety.

“That’s why when the community suggested a different route for the upgrade to the two we originally proposed, we listened, we went back to the drawing board and came up with a third route option.

“We are going back out to the community today for their feedback on all three options. This project will be a massive boost for the local economy, creating about 600 jobs, and we want to deliver it as soon as possible, but we also have to take the time to make sure we get it right.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said Transport for NSW had already completed early work to upgrade the intersections at Medowie and Lemon Tree Passage roads.

“This upgrade is part of a larger package of works that are transforming the Nelson Bay Road corridor, which is why we are giving the community a side-by-side assessment of each option and how it will affect the road network, the environment, businesses and property,” Ms Cusack said.

Consultation will start on Monday, 2 November 2020 with the community and stakeholders able to provide submissions until Friday 27 November 2020.

Comment may be provided to the project team by emailing or by post to:

Nelson Bay Road Project Team
Transport for NSW
Locked Bag 2030

For more information and to view maps of the route alignment proposals, visit Upgrade of Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm.

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