Upgrade works on the Golden Highway and New England Highway at Belford are on track to be starting next year.
Detailed design for the upgrade is expected to be complete in the coming months and will include two lanes in each direction on the New England Highway and a flyover off-ramp.
“This upgrade will provide two lanes in each direction on the New England Highway and a flyover off-ramp for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists," said Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen.
“Minor design changes have also been implemented after feedback during the community consultation process."
“In particular, a new roundabout on the Golden Highway with a connection to the New England Highway will improve safety for motorists turning left onto the New England Highway towards Singleton and provides safer access to adjoining properties," said Michael Johnsen.
Early work will start on site in 2020 and this will include relocating utilities and closing the Whittingham rest area.
The rest area will be removed as part of the upgrade with motorists encouraged to visit the nearby towns of Singleton and Branxton or rest areas on the Hunter
Expressway at Branxton and Buchanan and on the New England Highway, north of Singleton.
Transport for NSW will invite construction tenders to build the upgrade in the first half of 2020 and will notify the community of the timing for main construction work.
For more information on the project, please visit rms.work/B2G.
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