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Busy week ahead for TfNSW crews throughout Hunter

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Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is moving ahead with several projects throughout the Hunter this week.

The work and subsequent changed overnight traffic conditions are set to impact motorists travelling through Jesmond, Swansea, Raymond Terrace and Hexham.

Crews will install a bridge girder, meaning the northbound and eastbound lanes at the Jesmond roundabout will be closed from Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June, weather permitting.

Lane reductions are also planned for southbound and westbound traffic for four nights, too.

A detour will be in place from 7pm to 5am.

For eastbound drivers, a northern alternative route is available via the slip lane at the Newcastle Inner City Bypass to U-turn at the University Drive roundabout.

Westbound motorists travelling north from the Jesmond roundabout can detour further west to U-turn at the Thomas Street roundabout, Wallsend.

The Newcastle Inner City Bypass southbound will also operate at single lane capacity during this work.

“Over size over mass (OSOM) vehicle operators are advised to take alternative routes,” a TfNSW spokesperson said.

“They’ll be unable to travel southbound along the Newcastle Inner City Bypass during this work or through the detour routes.

“The detour may add up to 10 minutes to journeys.

“Access will be maintained for westbound motorists during the work.”

An essential maintenance operation is taking place on the Swansea Bridge as well.

Work on the southbound lanes will be carried out from 7pm to 5am on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 May, along with the northbound lanes from 7pm to 6am on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.

“One bridge will remain open at all times,” the spokesperson said.

“Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists.

“The bridge will not be open to marine traffic during working hours.”

Construction also continues along the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.

The work will require lane closures and temporary speed reductions at the following locations and times:

  • Pacific Highway northbound and southbound lane closures and speed reduction to 40km/h from 7pm to 5am, Monday 27 to Friday 31 May
  • M1 Pacific Motorway north and southbound lane closure from 7pm to 5am, Monday 27 to Friday 31 May
  • John Renshaw Drive shoulder closure from 7pm to 5am, Monday 27 May

Another ongoing project is the Hexham Straight Widening.

To minimise the impact to motorists, work will be carried out from 7pm to 5am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, finishing at 5am on Friday 1 June.

Contra-flow arrangements with a temporary reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place on Maitland Road between Hexham Train Station and the Oak Factory at Hexham from Sunday 26 to Thursday 30 May

Contra-flow arrangements on Maitland Road between Hexham Train Station and the Oak Factory at Hexham.

Contra-flow arrangements with a temporary reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place on Maitland Road between Old Maitland Road and Merchant Street at Hexham from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May

Lane closure and a temporary reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place on the outbound lanes towards Maitland between Old Maitland Road (east) and Old Maitland Road (west) on Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May

Lane closure, temporary reduced speed of 40km/h and blacked out traffic signals will be in place at Old Maitland Road, Sandgate on Wednesday 29 May

A temporary speed of 60km/h will remain in place through the project work zone during ongoing day work and a reduction to 40km/h during night.

OSOM operators with a ground contact wider than 3.2 metres are advised to contact the project team at least one day ahead of movement on 1800 515 141.

Significant delays can occur if they fail to do so.

Motorists are advised to follow the directions of signs and traffic controllers, use alternative routes where possible or allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit livetraffic.com or phone 132 701.

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