Highfields Intersection upgrades a step closer

2 February 2021

Motorists on the Pacific Highway (City Road) at Highfields can look forward to safer journeys, with tenders called to complete intersection upgrades at Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government’s Hunter Pinch Points program is funding $13.5 million to improve this busy thoroughfare linking Newcastle and Belmont.

“Up to 6000 vehicles travel through these intersections every hour and this work will improve safety and traffic flow through Highfields and Adamstown Heights, especially during peak periods,” Mr Toole said.

“The project will also provide a welcome boost for the local economy, supporting about 30 jobs while work is carried out.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said work will include extending the right-turn lanes and building new left-turn lanes from the highway into Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive.

“A new retaining wall will be built at the north western corner of the intersection of the highway and Northcott Drive, with both new and improved pedestrian crossings,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“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 on the at the north western corner of the intersection of the highway and Northcott Drive.”

Electronic tenders are being called, with the contract expected to be awarded in June and work to start in September this year.

The upgrades are expected to be complete by mid-2022, weather permitting.

Safety and drainage work in the area funded by the Australian Government’s Black Spot program started late last year and includes installing and extending a new concrete median barrier, repairing an existing barrier and upgrading drainage.

Work to repair the southbound retaining wall on the highway will be carried out in coming months.

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