The NSW Government has announced that intersection upgrades on Northcott Drive and Kahibah Road on City Road (the Pacific Highway), are now underway. 

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, said the upgrades will improve traffic flow and safety at the two intersections, especially during peak periods when the road is used by up to 6,000 vehicles every hour.

“The NSW Government is funding $13.5 million through the Hunter Pinch Points Program to ensure thousands of road users enjoy safer journeys on this vital link between Newcastle and Belmont,” Mr Constance said.

“Robson Civil Projects was awarded the contract for this important work earlier this year, creating between 20 and 30 local jobs during construction.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin, said the intersection upgrades will be a win for both motorists and pedestrians travelling through the busy area.

“A new crossing is being built on Northcott Drive, with pedestrian-operated traffic lights, and other crossings will also receive much needed upgrades to improve safety for pedestrians in the area,” Mr Martin said.

“A new footpath and safety fence will be built at the north-western corner of the intersection of City Road and Northcott Drive. The existing right-turn lanes on the highway will also be extended, and new left-turn lanes built into Kahibah Road and Northcott Drive.

“Pleasingly, an additional lane will also go in for traffic turning right out of Kahibah Road onto the highway, improving traffic flow and increasing safety for turning vehicles.”

Work is expected to be completed by late 2022, weather permitting.

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