Preferred route confirmed for Nelson Bay Road

23 December 2021

The final segment of $275 million Nelson Bay Road upgrade is now locked in, with the preferred route announced today for the planned upgrade between Williamtown and Bobs Farm.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the consultation report recommends building a new off-line route from Bobs Farm to Cabbage Tree Road roundabout at Williamtown as the best option.

“When the community asked us to go back to the drawing board and investigate a third off-line option for the proposed upgrade, we did it because we know you only get one chance to build major infrastructure like this – and it’s great news that we did because that’s now been determined as the best outcome for the community,” Mr Farraway said.

“The preferred option will make a big difference for locals and visitors alike, reducing travel time during peaks by up to six minutes and improving safety for the 25,000 motorists who use this busy stretch of road each day.

“This project, which will create 570 jobs during construction, builds on the investment we’re rolling out right along this corridor, including the Bobs Farm to Anna Bay section completed in 2015, the Medowie Road intersection upgrade completed in 2019, and the Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection upgrade completed in mid-2020.

“The preferred route ties in to the one-kilometre stretch of the Nelson Bay Road upgrade at Bobs Farm scheduled for construction in early 2022.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said community feedback had been vital in selecting the preferred option.

“Over the past three years, we’ve asked road users to provide feedback on various proposed route design options and I want to thank our community for their strong interest in this project,” Mr Martin said.

“We originally set out to duplicate the existing Nelson Bay Road but based on the extensive feedback we’ve received – analysis of environmental, economic and social outcomes – I’m confident we’ve come up with the most effective solution.

“The preferred option is to build a new 11-kilometre section of road from Bobs Farm to Cabbage Tree Road roundabout at Lavis Lane. The new road will include a midway link road connection to Salt Ash via Lemon Tree Passage roundabout, a central median barrier, a minimum 80 km/h speed limit and cycleway.

“We’ve chosen this as the preferred route for several reasons. It will significantly reduce travel time, have less impact on existing residents, reduce congestion and is easier to build compared to other proposed options.”

Transport for NSW is now ready to begin the next phase of planning for the preferred option including concept design and environmental assessment. The community will again be invited to provide feedback on these once completed.

For detailed information and to view the preferred option report, visit the Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm page.

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