Aerial shot of Hexham Straight Widening

Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham (Hexham Straight Widening)

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.

Latest news

JUL 2022

JUL 2022Shortlist for project tenderers

Transport for NSW will deliver the Hexham Straight project through an alliance contract.

The shortlist of tenderers to help deliver this project includes two potential alliances:

  • Georgiou Group Pty Ltd, Daracon Contractors Pty Ltd and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd;
  • John Holland Pty Ltd and Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd.

An alliance agreement is expected to be announced in early 2023.

JUL 2022

JUL 2022Submissions report now available

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.

We have published a submissions report summarising the community comments and our responses to submissions made. View the full submission report (PDF, 6.71Mb) or you can read the July 2022 community notification (PDF, 211Kb).

A report responding to submissions on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has also been prepared by the City of Newcastle Council.

We will continue to consult with the community in the next stage of the project.

Project information

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.

Project documents

Project updates

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July 2022 project update

Submissions report now online.

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November 2021 project update

Have your say

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April 2021 project update

Community feedback on strategic design

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December 2020 project update

Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham (Hexham Straight)

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Reports

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July 2022 submissions report

Pacific Highway improvements at Hexham (Hexham Straight Widening).

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July 2022 submissions report appendices

Appendix A and B.

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July 2022 submissions report appendices

Appendix C and D.

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July 2022 submissions report appendices

Appendix E, F and G.

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Review of environmental factors

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November 2021 review of environmental factors

Main report

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Appendix A

Concept Design Drawngs

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Appendix B

Drainage features

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Appendix C

Urban Design, Landscape Character and Visual Impact Assessment

26.6Mb
Appendix D

Construction staging

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Appendix E

Consideration of clause 228(2) factors, MNES and Commonwealth land

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Appendix F

Statutory checklists

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Appendix G

Consultation

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Appendix H

Biodiversity Assessment Report

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Appendix J

Statement of Heritage Impact

14.6Mb
Appendix K

Phase 1 Soils and Contamination Assessment

25.8Mb
Appendix L

Flooding and Hydrology Assessment

42.1Mb
Appendix M

Noise and Vibration Assessment

21.2Mb
Appendix N

Surface Water and Groundwater Assessment

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Appendix O

Coastal Processes Assessment

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Appendix P

Traffic and Transport Assessment

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Appendix Q

Socio-economic, Property and Land Use Assessment

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Appendix R

Air Quality Assessment

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Appendix S

Climate Change Assessment

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Appendix T

Sustainability Assessment

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Frequently asked questions

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November 2021 frequently asked questions

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Media releases

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6 April 2022

M1 Extension and Hexham Straight progessing at pace

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6 May 2021

Community heard on Hexham Straight widening

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2 December 2020

Have your say on the Pacific Hwy at Hexham

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 515 141 (during business hours)

Email: hexhamstraight@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Hexham Straight Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

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