Nelson Bay Road upgrade, Bobs Farm to Anna Bay
The NSW Government is upgrading Nelson Bay Road from Bobs Farm to Anna Bay.
The project is being funded by the NSW Government through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund.
The upgrade will involve reconstructing the existing carriageway and constructing a second carriageway between Cromarty Lane, Bobs Farm and Port Stephens Drive roundabout, Anna Bay.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is in the final stages of acquiring property for the project. The design has been completed, the Review of Environmental Factors determined and tenders for construction were invited in January 2013.
Nelson Bay Road is a State Road and is the main arterial link connecting Newcastle to Williamtown and the Tomaree Peninsula. It carries a large volume of local and tourist traffic visiting the Nelson Bay area and is the only route servicing the Tomaree Peninsula and the various townships between Newcastle and Nelson Bay.
This project is the final stage and longest section (4.2 kilometres in length) of the upgrade of Nelson Bay Road to dual carriageway between Bobs Farm and Anna Bay (total length 6.8 kilometres).
Benefits of the proposal:
- Improved safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Better bays for bus passengers.
- Reduced traffic delays.
- More reliable travel times for motorists using this section of Nelson Bay Road.
The upgrade includes:
- Constructing a second carriageway between Cromarty Lane and Port Stephens Drive roundabout, Anna Bay.
- Reconstructing the existing carriageway.
- Landscaped median to separate opposing traffic.
- Ten upgraded bus bays.
- New u-turn facilities to provide safe access to properties along the route.
- Pedestrian refuges in the median adjacent to bus bays.
- Wider shoulders and improved intersections.
What happens next?
RMS is continuing to acquire land required for the project.
Utility adjustment are expected to start mid 2013.
RMS called tenders for construction, tenders close 20 March 2013. RMS expects to award a contract in mid 2013 and begin construction a short time after.