A new investment is set to transform conditions for pedestrians and motorists in Wallsend.
It comes as City of Newcastle is awarding $2 million to the local centre while opening the conversation on its long-term masterplan.
Council staff will consult with the Wallsend community over the next month on local improvements ahead of a project to replace the busy Kokera/Cowper Street roundabout with traffic lights.
A joint public domain-flood mitigation program over the next 12 months will also see the Boscawen and Nelson Street bridges replaced to facilitate widening and naturalisation of the Hunter Water-owned Ironbark Creek channel.
Flood mitigation work will also be completed on the channel within Wallsend Park, along with completion of a new shared pedestrian and cycle path.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the city’s local centres program would increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and improve the overall look and appeal of commercial centres.
“As we have shown with upgrades to the Beresfield and Carrington town centres, the work will significantly improve the appeal of Wallsend with high-quality infrastructure, such as new seating, street trees and landscaping,” she said.
“Wallsend is a suburb brimming with history and character, which is why it’s so important we work with the community to determine what’s important as we make long-term improvements in the area.
“I encourage everyone to take part in the community engagement program for Wallsend before future projects transform Cowper Street into a high pedestrian activity area with a reduced speed limit and safer connections.”
In the past few months, City of Newcastle has completed the replacement of Tyrrell Street Bridge at a cost of $3.3 million and committed $20.7 million to reconstruct and raise the two other bridges as part of an overall flood mitigation scheme.
Detailed design of upgraded traffic lights for the Nelson Street and Cowper Street intersection and a proposed roundabout at Cowper Street and Newcastle Road will also be carried out in the 2020/21 financial year.
Community members can have their say on the Wallsend upgrades from tomorrow (Tuesday 28 July) on the City of Newcastle website.