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Singleton Railway Underpass - Gowrie Gates
The New England Highway through Singleton is part of the National Land Transport Network and is the main arterial connection between Newcastle and the Upper Hunter. The Great Northern Railway bridges over the highway north of Singleton at the Gowrie Gates, restricting access for wide load heavy vehicles.

Planning has started for replacing the rail bridge to provide increased horizontal clearance to accommodate two travel lanes with wide sealed shoulders and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project objectives

The project aims to improve freight access and efficiency by reducing travel times for a greater number of over-dimension vehicles travelling on the New England Highway through Singleton.

It would also reduce the risk of disruptions to the productivity of road and rail freight movements in the Upper Hunter. The highway's road safety would be improved for through and local traffic as well as catering for pedestrians and cyclists.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime along with the ARTC has started planning to identify a preferred solution. Further planning will include development of a concept design and environmental assessment of the preferred solution. The widened underpass would improve freight access through the Hunter Valley.

Read the February 2014 Community Update on the RMS website.

Kelso Street Widening
The upgrade of Kelso Street between Edward Street and Bathurst Street is on hold until further notice. Council resolved to accept the recommendations of the Singleton Traffic and Parking Study on 2 June 2014. The study recommends that the upgrade of Kelso Street is not necessary as the majority of the traffic within Kelso Street is generated by the street and the through traffic is a smaller fraction of the total traffic. As such, Council should focus on getting a Bypass for improved access to the town businesses. The drainage of Kelso Street is considered by the Singleton Stormwater Management Plan that is under review.

Brookers Bridge, Mirannie Road
Brookers Bridge is the last timber bridge intended to be replaced by a concrete bridge. All remaining timber structures, other than Brookers Bridge, will be replaced by culverts in the future as the sites are assessed as not suitable for bridges. As such, Brookers Bridge becomes the last timber bridge due for upgrade. Council spends money each year to maintain this bridge, however the structure does not provide the service to enable the structure to support all modern loads on an ongoing basis. The upgrade will provide support to the local cattle and dairy industry in the area and is considered one of the examples of the "last mile" of the economy.

The project is currently unfunded.

Singleton Council resolved to lodge Expressions Of Interest (EOI) to fund the upgrade of the bridge on 18 August 2014.

The EOI for the funding is shortlisted for full application under the Fixing Country Roads Program.

Council has been requested to lodge a full application using the criteria outlined in the application.

For further information, please contact Council on 026578 7290.

New England Highway Upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway

Roads and Maritime is planning to upgrade the New England Highway between Belford and the Golden Highway to provide two travel lanes in each direction and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle.

The NSW Government has announced $85 million under the Rebuilding NSW Plan for the upgrade to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists.

Background

The New England Highway is part of the inland route of the Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle. The Golden Highway connects the New England Highway at Whittingham with Dubbo.

These road corridors are designated B-Double routes and are used extensively by heavy vehicles servicing coal mining, grain production and other industries in the Hunter Valley and the Central West to access the port of Newcastle.

The New England Highway is a critical connection between the urban and employment centres of Maitland and Singleton, which are planned future growth areas for the Hunter region.

Around 22,000 vehicles travel along the New England Highway between Belford and the Golden Highway each day. This section of the New England Highway is currently two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound and has a history of crashes, particularly near the Golden Highway intersection.

Key features

The proposed upgrade includes:

  • Widening the New England Highway to provide a divided road with two travel lanes in each direction between Belford and the Golden Highway. This is the last section of the route between Newcastle and the Golden Highway intersection to be upgraded to a four lane divided road.
  • Replacing the existing right turn movement from the Golden Highway to the New England Highway with a right turn flyover
  • Establishing a road corridor for future development of the New England Highway towards Singleton.

 

Benefits
The proposed upgrade would:

  • Increase capacity and connectivity of the New England Highway and Golden Highway for the efficient and reliable movement of freight
  • Improve safety at the New England Highway and Golden Highway intersection by reducing the risk of crashes, particularly for motorists turning right from the Golden Highway
  • Increase capacity at the New England Highway and Golden Highway intersection to cater for the predicted increase in traffic movements due to future growth in the Hunter
  • Allow for access to existing and future adjoining land uses.

Next steps

The next step will be to progress the concept design and environmental assessment, which are expected to be displayed for community comment in late 2016.


Replacement of Beckers Bridge, Glendon Brook
Roads and Maritime is proposing the alignment of a new bridge on Glendonbrook Road, at Glendon Brook.

The NSW Government has provided $700,000 in 2016/17 to plan this project to improve safety and reliability of the bridge crossing over Webbers Creek

Replacement of the existing timber truss bridge would reduce long term maintenance costs, improve road freight productivity and ensure the traffic needs of the community in the Gresford, East Gresford, Singleton, Dungog and surrounding areas are met.

The proposed alignment has been developed so the existing speed limit on Glendonbrook Road would be maintained.

View the illustration of the proposed new bridge alignment to better understand the proposal. The work would include:
  • constructing a new low maintenance concrete bridge adjacent the existing timber structure
  • realigning sections of Glendonbrook Road
  • upgrading the bridge approaches
  • removing the existing single span timber truss bridge once construction of the new bridge is complete.

The existing bridge would remain in operation during the construction phase, which would eliminate the need for alternative detour routes.

Detailed surveys will be carried out, with future activities to include a review of environmental factors and further technical investigations prior to a decision being made on the final alignment of the bridge and approaches.



For more information please call Roads and Maritime Project Manager, Denio Martinelli on 02 4908 7690 or email .au.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290