The Australian Government and the NSW Government are investing in the upgrade and development of the section of the Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) known as Hexham Straight between Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.
NOV 2021Display period now closed
Thank you to those stakeholders and community members who commented on the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Hexham Straight Widening project.More information
We will now compile all submissions into a summary report which will provide responses to submissions made. The report is expected to be available early next year.
A report responding to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submissions will also be prepared for the City of Newcastle Council’s assessment.
We will consider all feedback received during the display period and continue to consult with the community in the next stage of the project.
The Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) is a critical link in the National Land Transport Network, providing access to and from the Portal of Newcastle. It carries some of the highest traffic volumes in the Hunter.
The proposed six kilometre-long project would improve traffic flow along this critical route, deliver more reliable travel times for freight, and increase safety for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
The proposed scope of the Hexham Straight project involves the addition of an extra lane in both directions, removal of the existing bridges and construction of two new bridges at Ironbark Creek, adjustments to connecting roads as well as significant utility relocation.
Timing for construction is not confirmed and is dependent on a range of factors including planning approval.
The proposed improvements at Hexham include:
- Upgrades to the six kilometre section of the Pacific Highway between the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.
- Widening of the dual carriageway from two lanes to three lanes in each direction
- Demolition of the existing Ironbark bridge and construction of two new bridges at Ironbark Creek
- Minor intersection upgrades and property adjustments
- Utility relocation.
Key benefits of the proposal include:
- Improved connection between Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) known as Hexham Straight between Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge
- Improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
- Improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
- Improved safety for all road users.
A report responding to the REF submissions is now being drafted. A report responding to the EIS submissions is also being prepared for Council’s assessment.
All feedback will help inform the final design and the community will be kept updated about the progress of work.
Review of environmental factors
November 2021 review of environmental factors
Concept Design Drawngs
Urban Design, Landscape Character and Visual Impact Assessment
Consideration of clause 228(2) factors, MNES and Commonwealth land
Biodiversity Assessment Report
Statement of Heritage Impact
Phase 1 Soils and Contamination Assessment
Flooding and Hydrology Assessment
Noise and Vibration Assessment
Surface Water and Groundwater Assessment
Coastal Processes Assessment
Traffic and Transport Assessment
Socio-economic, Property and Land Use Assessment
Air Quality Assessment
Climate Change Assessment
Frequently asked questions
November 2021 frequently asked questions
Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham (Hexham Straight Widening)
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: 1800 515 141 (during business hours)
Mail: Hexham Straight Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300