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Delays in Thornton north intersection upgrade


Ongoing wet weather and supply chain issues are delaying work on the Raymond Terrace Road-Government Road intersection upgrade at Thornton.

That means the completion of the highly-anticipated project is now expected by the end of 2024, a hold-up of a few months.

The $26 million venture will boast a four-way juncture, replacing the current three-way crossing.

At least $9.5 million of the funding for the enhancement came via the NSW Government’s Housing Acceleration Fund, while Maitland City Council is subsiding the remainder of the undertaking, primarily through Section 7.11 Developer Contributions, collected from the Thornton North Urban Release Area.

Work on the Thornton North intersection upgrade passed a major milestone, with the completion of the main stormwater drain on Raymond Terrace Road.

Traffic lights are also planned, with both roads widened to allow for two through lanes in each direction and right-turn bays.

Raymond Terrace Road is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the LGA, hosting thousands of commuters daily.

Council’s manager works Ashley Kavanagh said the setback was unavoidable.

“The current high demand from several major infrastructure projects across the wider Hunter has caused interruptions to the supply of road gravel from local quarries,” he explained.

“On top of that, the recent rain’s also impacted progress.

“We understand this delay is frustrating.

“But, these challenges are not unique to Maitland with a number of projects across the region experiencing similar issues.

“Council is confident that, once complete, these works will significantly improve traffic flow in the area and reduce travel time for residents living in Thornton, Chisholm and surrounds.

“We thank residents and commuters for their patience.”

Maitland City Council is planning to spend $56 million on infrastructure projects in the next financial year.

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