City Road intersections to be upgraded in Newcastle Pinch Point Project
The NSW Government has committed $12 million to upgrade two City Road (Pacific Highway) intersections to provide easier, safer and faster journeys for Newcastle road users.
The intersections at Kahibah Road in Highfields and Northcott Drive in Adamstown Heights have been identified as Hunter Pinch Points, where motorists experience traffic queues and delays.
The proposed upgrade involves extending right turn lanes and building new left turn lanes on City Road, adding an extra right turn lane out of Kahibah Road, and widening sections of the road to reduce queueing and improve traffic flows.
To improve pedestrian safety, a new crossing connecting to a new ramp and existing footpath will be built across Northcott Drive, while improvements will be carried out to the existing City Road pedestrian crossing at the Northcott Drive intersection.
A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was carried out to assess the potential impacts of the proposal and actions to reduce them. The REF was placed on display for community comment over four weeks in February 2019, with a total of 32 submissions received.
Among these were concerns that the proposal did not consider safe access for motorists turning from Highfields Parade into Kahibah Road, and that the proposed road widening would result in safety impacts for residents entering and leaving properties along City Road.
Other issues raised included pedestrian safety and provision for cyclists within the proposal area.
Roads and Maritime Services would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the document and provide feedback.
A submissions report collating the comments, responses and details of the decisions is available to view at City Road (Pacific Highway) intersection upgrades.
The project will progress to detailed design, with calls for tender to deliver the upgrade expected in the first half of next year. Work is expected to start in late 2020 and is anticipated to take up to 12 months to complete.
For more information about road projects being carried out across NSW, visit the Roads and Maritime Services website.