Upgrades to Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and Bobs Farm are underway, with the release of a Community Consultation Report and tenders called to build a 1km section from Salt Ash to Bobs Farm. 

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the NSW Government is investing $275 million to duplicate Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm, improving safety, travel times and traffic flow along the busy route.

“Over the last five years, the NSW Government has delivered upgrades for Nelson Bay Road, with the Bobs Farm to Anna Bay section completed in 2015, the upgrade of the Medowie Road intersection completed in 2019 and the Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection upgrade completed in mid-2020,” Mr Toole said.

“The Williamtown to Bobs Farm duplication is the last major piece of this upgrade and will make a huge difference, which is why we’ve been working so hard to get it right, ensuring the community gets the upgrade they need.” 

Mr Toole said the release of the Community Consultation Report for the large section of the Williamtown to Bobs Farm duplication shows strong support for the new off-line alternative requested in 2020, which will be considered closely as work towards a preferred option begins. 

“As that detailed planning work continues, the community will soon see shovels in the ground on the Salt Ash to Bobs Farm section, with tenders called this week to build this section and keep delivering the $275 million upgrade program,” Mr Toole said. 

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin, said work is expected to start in early 2022 on the $26 million stage of the upgrade, which will run from 900meast of Marsh Road at Salt Ash to 1.9km east of Marsh Road at Bobs Farm, directly adjoining the already duplicated section of Nelson Bay Road.

“Tenders are now invited to build this new section of dual carriageway, which is expected to boost the local economy by supporting around 100 direct and indirect jobs during the peak construction period,” Mr Martin said.

“With the announcement earlier this month of a $66 million boost to Newcastle Airport runway from the Australian Government, even more people will be using the local road network in future and it’s vital to ensure improvements are on the way.

“This project is expected to take about 18 months to complete, weather permitting, and will include 3.5-metre travel lanes, 2.5-metre shoulders, a concrete median separation barrier, two connected retaining walls, utility relocations and fauna exclusion fencing.”

Mr Martin said the call for tenders marks a huge step forward in delivering a project that the community wants.

Tenders are now open and the successful contractor is expected to be announced before the end of 2021. 

Information about the upgrade is available here

To review the Community Consultation Report, click here. 

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