The Australian Government and the NSW Government are investing in the upgrade and development of the section of the Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) known as Hexham Straight between Newcastle Inner City Bypass and Hexham Bridge.
Transport for NSW will be completing night work in February 2024. Work will include installation of barriers and line-marking, removal and building new road pavements including asphalting, storm water and pavement investigations and traffic signal works.
Night work will happen between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday, weather permitting. We will be working during normal construction hours between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday between 8am and 1pm.
Transport for NSW will also commence bridge piling for the new southbound bridge over Ironbark Creek from mid-February 2024. Work will take place over ten weeks and will include delivery of plant and materials, building a temporary working platform and installation of bored and driven bridge piles.
If you want more information about upcoming work and to check out the latest project design, find the latest project update at the top of the page in Download documents.
The Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) is a critical link in the National Land Transport Network, providing access to and from the Port of Newcastle. It carries some of the highest traffic volumes in the Hunter. Around 50,000 motorists use this section of the highway daily. This upgrade will reduce congestion during peak periods and ensure the Pacific Highway at Hexham is prepared to handle future growth.
Widening six kilometres of Maitland Road from four to six lanes
Demolition and replacement of the existing bridge over Ironbark Creek/Toohrnbing
U-turn facilities on Sparke Street, Shamrock Street and Old Maitland Road
Modifying existing intersections along the route
Improved cyclist and pedestrian connectivity.
Improve the connection between Newcastle and the New England Highway, M1 Motorway and the Pacific Highway
Improve traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
Support economic growth at key employment areas such as the Port of Newcastle and Greater Newcastle