Safer intersections roll out at Charlestown

25 June 2021

Safer and faster journeys are on the way for motorists through Adamstown Heights and Highfields with a contract awarded to Robson Civil Projects to deliver intersection upgrades for the Pacific Highway (City Road) at Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government is investing $13.5 million through the Hunter Pinch Points Program to improve traffic flow and safety at these busy intersections, especially during peak periods.

“The Pacific Highway provides a vital link for road users between Newcastle and Belmont, used by about 6000 vehicles every hour,” Mr Toole said.

“On top of the intersection upgrades improving safety for both motorists and pedestrians, the project will create between 20 and 30 jobs while the 12-month project is under way.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said pedestrian-operated traffic lights will improve safety at a new crossing being built on Northcott Drive, while the existing right-turn lane will be extended and a new left-turn lane will be built from the highway into Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive.

“An additional lane will be built for traffic turning right out of Kahibah Road onto the highway, and a new footpath and safety fence will be built at the bus stop at the north western corner of the intersection of the highway and Northcott Drive,” Mr Martin said.

“This is exciting news because it means work will start in coming months, giving locals and tourists a safer, more reliable road network.”

Transport for NSW expects the work to start before September and to be completed by the end of next year, weather permitting.

More information about the upgrades is available at nswroads.work/kahibah-northcott.

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