Work to install traffic lights at the intersection of Macquarie Street and Fishery Point Road at Morisset will start on Tuesday.
The lights will be a key feature of the state government’s $3.3-million upgrade of the busy junction.
They will also be the fourth set of traffic lights on Morisset’s main street in the space of just over one kilometres.
Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the project would address safety issues at the intersection, and better manage the growing volume of traffic created by new residential developments in the area.
“Roads and Maritime Services will install traffic lights for motorists turning left and right onto Macquarie Street from Fishery Point Road, and for motorists turning left and right from Macquarie Street into Fishery Point Road,” Mr Piper said.
“More than 3700 vehicles use this busy intersection in the morning and afternoon peaks alone and this upgrade will help them turn safely and reduce the risk of crashes.”
He said the RMS had revised its original plan for the intersection after responding to residents’ concerns.
“Work will also involve widening the northern side of Macquarie Street to retain parking for residents and providing a new on-road cycleway, as well as moving line marking at the intersection of Macquarie Street and Wyee Street to allow through-traffic to pass right-turning vehicles,” he said.
A concrete median and new line marking will be installed on Macquarie Street to provide dual right-turn lanes into Fishery Point Road.
Dual lanes merging near Pulbah Street will be provided in Fishery Point Road, allowing enough width for through-traffic to pass right-turning vehicles, and ‘Keep Clear’ line marking will be added along Pulbah Street, northbound.
“I’m really pleased the RMS has listened to the community and made changes to the original plan, particularly its efforts to retain on-street parking outside homes on Macquarie Street,” Mr Piper said.
The project is expected to take about five months to complete.
Macquarie Street resident Juney Gordon said disruption for motorists and residents was inevitable.
“But in the long run it will be quite worth it,” she said.
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm weekdays, and 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.
Motorists should drive to the conditions and follow the directions of signs and traffic control, a spokesperson for the RMS said.
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