Nelson Bay upgrade powers ahead on Williamtown to Bobs Farm

17 June 2021

Moves to upgrade Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and Bobs Farm are powering ahead with the release of the Community Consultation Report and tenders called this month to build a one-kilometre section from Salt Ash to Bobs Farm.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government is investing $275 million to duplicate Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm, improving safety, travel times and traffic flow along this busy route.

“Over the last five years, the NSW Government has delivered upgrades for Nelson Bay Road, with the Bobs Farm to Anna Bay section completed in 2015, the upgrade of the Medowie Road intersection completed in 2019 and the Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection upgrade completed in mid-2020,” Mr Toole said.

“The Williamtown to Bobs Farm duplication is the last major piece of this upgrade and will make a huge difference, which is why we’ve been working so hard to get it right, ensuring the community gets the upgrade they need.

“The release of the Community Consultation Report for the large section of the Williamtown to Bobs Farm duplication shows strong support for the new off-line alternative they requested we consider last year, so we’ll be considering that closely as we work towards a preferred option.

“As that detailed planning work continues, the community will soon see shovels in the ground on the Salt Ash to Bobs Farm section, with tenders called this week to build this section and keep delivering the $275 million upgrade program.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said work is expected to start early next year on this $26 million stage of the upgrade, which will run from 900 metres east of Marsh Road at Salt Ash to 1.9 kilometres east of Marsh Road at Bobs Farm, directly adjoining the already duplicated section of Nelson Bay Road.

“Tenders are now invited to build this new section of dual carriageway, which is expected to boost the local economy by supporting around 100 direct and indirect jobs during the peak construction period,” Mr Martin said.

“With the announcement earlier this month of a $66 million boost to Newcastle Airport runway from the Australian Government, even more people will be using the local road network in future and it’s vital to ensure improvements are on the way.

“This project is expected to take about 18 months to complete, weather permitting, and will include 3.5-metre travel lanes, 2.5-metre shoulders, a concrete median separation barrier, two connected retaining walls, utility relocations and fauna exclusion fencing.

“This call for tenders marks a huge step forward in delivering a project that the community wants.”

Tenders are now open and the successful contractor is expected to be announced before the end of the year.

Information about this tender is available and more information on the upgrade at Nelson Bay Road - Williamtown to Bobs Farm - Section 1.

To review the Community Consultation Report, visit Upgrade of Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm

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