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The inclement weather could impact several major Transport for NSW (TfNSW) projects in the Hunter this week.

Changed overnight traffic conditions are scheduled at various intersections at Jesmond, Wallsend and Cameron Park to allow workers to facilitate Over Size Over Mass (OSOM) vehicles travelling from the Port of Newcastle and other local industrial areas through Newcastle to access the M1 Motorway and M15 Hunter Expressway.

The work includes site establishment, surveying, utility location, vegetation clearing, pavement construction, new and modified kerb and median development, concrete placement and asphalting, line marking and signage.

It’ll be carried out at night from 7pm to 5am from Sunday to Thursday, taking two months to complete.

The locations are:

  • Will be carried out for about four weeks at the roundabout at the intersection of Newcastle Link Road and Transfield Avenue, Wallsend, and the roundabout at the intersection of Newcastle Link Road and Minmi Road, Cameron Park;
  • From Sunday 23 June, work will be carried out for about four weeks at the median crossover on Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Jesmond, and the roundabout at intersection of Newcastle Road and Thomas Street, Wallsend; and
  • Detailed engineering surveys and biodiversity surveys will also be carried out on Minmi Road between the Newcastle Link Road and Northlakes Drive roundabouts.

Single lane closures, traffic control and a temporary reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place.

Meanwhile, construction is expected to continue on the Hexham Straight Widening project.

That’s planned for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, finishing at 5am on Friday 7 June.

Expect changes at:

  • 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 until Wednesday 5 June
  • Lane closure and a temporary reduced speed of 40km/h will be in place on the inbound lanes of Maitland Road towards Newcastle between Shamrock and Fenwick Streets from Wednesday 5 June to Thursday 6 June
  • 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) from Monday 3 June to Wednesday 5 June

“There will be no changed traffic conditions on outbound lanes on Thursday 6 June, to ease traffic following the Ampol Women’s State of Origin at McDonald Jones Stadium,” a TfNSW spokesperson said.

“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 at 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 could occur if they fail to do so.”

Movement ramps up on the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace, too.

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

  • Lenaghans Drive northbound and southbound traffic controller stoppages and speed reduction to 40km between 7am and 5pm, Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June
  • Pacific Highway northbound and southbound lane closures and speed reduction to 40km at Tomago between 7pm and 5am, Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June
  • Old Punt Road lane closure between Pacific Highway and Tomago Road from 7pm to 5am, Monday 3 June, Tuesday 4 June and Thursday 6 June
  • M1 Pacific Motorway north and southbound lane closure at Black Hill between 7pm and 5am, Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June
  • New England highway westbound lane closure at Tarro between 7pm and 5am, Tuesday 4 June and Tarro offramp eastbound closure between 7pm and 5am, Wednesday 5 June
  • Pacific Highway between Grahamstown Canal Bridge and Windeyers Creek Bridge speed reduction to 40km until Thursday 6 June, from 6pm to 6am. From Thursday 6 June, southbound traffic on the Pacific Highway will be moved temporarily onto temporary pavement and southbound speed reduction from 80km/h to 70km/h will be in place in the same location until the new southbound off-ramp is built

“Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and follow the directions of signs and traffic controllers,” the spokesperson said.

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

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