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Work progressing well on Hexham Straight widening project

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The Hexham Straight widening project is progressing well, according to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) regional director north Anna Zycki.

Her proclamation comes as work begins on bridge piling from Monday 26 February.

“This is an exciting milestone,” she said.

“It’s the start of construction on the new 84-metre-long and 17.1-metre-wide southbound bridge.

“The structure will boast four spans and has been designed to carry three lanes of traffic in each direction on completion.

“A working platform, which includes placement of 9,000 tonnes of rock, was created so the bridge can be built from the land.”

Both levels of government, federal and state, are joining forces on the important upgrade of the section of Maitland Road, known as Hexham Straight, between the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.

It’s expected to improve traffic flow for the 50,000 motorists who utilise the thoroughfare daily.

Bridge piling will take place during normal working hours from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

“For the safety of workers, some of it is scheduled to be carried out outside that time, during low tide events in February,” Ms Zycki said.

“This will be done from the temporary working platform within the tidal zone.

“That means some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

“On occasion, traffic may be temporarily slowed to carry out some activities in the area.”

Ms Zycki said a tender for acoustic noise treatment also closed earlier this month, with the awardee being announced in March.

“We understand noise can be disruptive to local residents during the construction and operation of major roads, which is why we are committed to working with impacted community members,” she stated.

“Providing noise treatment is an extensive process as every property is different and requires a detailed assessment of eligibility and tailored package of treatment, which can include upgrades to windows and doors.  

“The successful tenderer will assess and manage the design of noise-treatment packages for affected residents.

“We will keep the community updated throughout the process.”

For the latest information on the project, visit https://nswroads.work/hexham 

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