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Council progressing with dual-lane road upgrades in Wallsend

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City of Newcastle (CN) will seek Expressions of Interest (EOI) from contractors to deliver two crucial dual-lane road upgrades in Wallsend.

Detailed designs are progressing to widen and enhance Minmi Road, between Maryland Drive and the Summerhill Road roundabout, and Longworth Avenue in a bid to ease congestion and bottlenecks in the growing western corridor.

Two lanes of traffic will be created in each direction, with difficult right turns removed.

Council’s executive manager project management office Robert Dudgeon acknowledged the need to “plan ahead”.

“We recognise that construction of this scale can have an impact on the day-to-day journey for commuters in the area,” he said.

“Our upgrade will be delivered in parallel with several other major road projects including the nearby Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

“We have looked ahead to determine strategies for alleviating congestion and minimising delays to commuters during the construction phase.”

Following the EOI process, a shortlisted group of contractors will be invited to submit a tender for a combined package later this year, with works planned to start early 2025.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes reiterated the importance of these upgrades to the community.

“This project will play a critical role in easing congestion and improving the flow of traffic and therefore safety in this growing part of our city,” she said.

“Feedback received from residents on the concept designs indicated strong support for the prioritisation of these works… and a desire to see travel times reduced and safety improved.

“Calling for expressions of interest now, followed by a selective tender process, will ensure that we have a contractor in place to begin work early next year.”

To improve traffic flow both ahead of and during construction of these upgrades, a series of smaller traffic changes are being considered.

They will be shared with the community for feedback in the coming weeks.

“Making adjustments to the flow of traffic in neighbouring areas will help reduce bottlenecks that result from the changes required to deliver these much-needed upgrades,” Mr Dudgeon said.

Residents can provide input on the proposed traffic changes from 31 May until 1 July by visiting City of Newcastle’s Have Your Say website.

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