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Major work scheduled for M1 extension to Raymond Terrace project

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Motorists will notice some major work taking place on the M1 extension to Raymond Terrace project during the week.

That means several overnight traffic changes on the M1 Motorway, Pacific Highway, New England Highway and John Renshaw Drive, from Monday 29 April.

It’ll also require the full closure of the John Renshaw Drive slip lane from New England Highway.

Work will require the full closure of the John Renshaw Drive slip lane from New England Highway.

“The construction of the new road pavement will be carried out over two nights from 7pm to 5am, Monday 29 April and Tuesday 30 April,” a Transport for NSW (TfNSW) spokesperson said.

“It’s expected to be complete by 5am on Wednesday 1 May, weather permitting.

“A holding area will be provided for oversize over-mass vehicles (OSOM) during the closure of the John Renshaw slip lane until such time the site can be made safe for them to travel through.

New England Highway holding area for over size over mass vehicles.

“Anticipated wait times are between 10 minutes to an hour.

“All OSOM vehicles intending to travel through the site are required to phone ahead on 0423 323 946 (or 0455 465 321) at least 30 minutes before reaching the site.

“When approaching the location, they are requested to stop in the designated holding bay.

“Once there, phone the site on UHF Channel 45 or call 0423 323 946 (or 0455 465 321) to confirm arrangements for travelling through the work area.

“OSOM vehicles greater than the restricted width should expect short delays.”

The John Renshaw Drive slip lane will reopen (as one lane) from Wednesday 1 May, with the new traffic arrangements in place until Friday 27 September.

New England Highway to John Renshaw Drive slow lane closure.

Work will also be carried out in the following locations:

  • Pacific Highway between Heatherbrae and Raymond Terrace, extended working hours with lane closures from 6pm to 8pm, Monday 29 April to Thursday 2 May
  • Pacific Highway north of Old Punt Road, northbound and southbound lane closures from 7pm to 5am, Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May 
  • M1 Pacific Motorway at Lenaghans Drive, alternating northbound and southbound lane and shoulder closure from 7am to 5pm, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April
  • M1 Pacific Motorway south of John Renshaw Drive, northbound and southbound lane closure and speed reduction to 40km from 7pm to 5am, Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May
  • New England Highway Tarro offramp exit eastbound only will be closed from 7pm Thursday 2 May to 5am Friday 3 May. Eastbound motorists will be directed to continue along the New England Highway to Hexham Bridge, where they can turn under the bridge and return along the highway westbound to the Anderson Drive exit to Tarro
New England Highway Tarro off-ramp exit eastbound detour.

Meanwhile, work’s continuing on the Hexham Straight Widening project. 

To minimise the impact to motorists, it’ll be carried out from 7pm to 5am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, finishing at 5am on Thursday 2 May, weather permitting. 

  • 1. Lane closures with a 40km/h speed reduction inbound and outbound will be in place from Newcastle on Maitland Road between Sparke Street and Old Maitland Road, Sandgate, on Monday 29 April 
  • 2. A lane closure with a 40km/h speed reduction outbound will be in place from Newcastle on Maitland Road between Old Maitland Road, Hexham, and the Hexham bridge on Tuesday 30 April. Streetlights on Hexham bridge will not be operational during the work
  • 3. Lane closure with a 40km/h speed reduction will be in place inbound to Newcastle on Maitland Road prior to the M1 on ramp to Old Maitland Road, Hexham, and a temporary closure of the U-turn under Hexham on Wednesday 1 May.  Streetlights on Hexham bridge will not be operational during the work
  • 4. Lane closures with a 40km/h speed limit inbound will be in place on Maitland Road between Old Maitland Road at Hexham and Merchant Street on Wednesday 1 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 works,” the spokesperson said.

“Significant restrictions for OSOM vehicles with ground contact wider than 4.2m are also operational.

“Permitholders must contact the project team on 1800 515 141. 

“Motorists are advised to 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 call 132 701. 

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