Road upgrades to begin on Honeysuckle Drive

The western end of Honeysuckle Drive will be under construction in March, as the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) commences works to straighten, rebuild and improve access to the precinct.

The works form part of HCCDC’s $55-million investment in infrastructure and public domain improvements across the western end of Honeysuckle.

HCCDC Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said that the works were an important step in the long-term improvement of the Honeysuckle precinct and were necessary for the final staging of the area.

“Honeysuckle is changing, and we are working to help facilitate the final chapter of Honeysuckle’s transformation by delivering a significant package of infrastructure works.

“Straightening Honeysuckle Drive and rebuilding Cottage Creek bridge will decrease the risk of future flooding as well as create better safety in the precinct,” said Ms Misevska.

“As with any construction, it will create some localised disruption for vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist movements for a short period.”

HCCDC is working to minimise disruption as much as possible by diverting traffic through the Throsby temporary car park in Honeysuckle west and shifting the dedicated pedestrian and cyclist path towards the harbour.

“Safety is our number one priority and we are focused on maintaining safe access during construction, which is likely to continue until the end of 2020,” said Ms Misevska.

To accommodate the changes, HCCDC’s temporary Throsby car park will be reconfigured over the coming weeks. New spaces are being created adjacent to Hannell Street, to offset the closure of some spaces in the eastern section of the carpark, resulting in a net loss of around 80 car parks across the Throsby temporary car park during the works.

“We will put signage up around the car park and during construction as necessary. We will also maintain up-to-date information on our website and Honeysuckle Facebook pages, and we encourage people to keep informed as much as possible.”

As part of the significant infrastructure upgrades, HCCDC is also continuing to undertake seawall works along the Honeysuckle waterfront, which will ultimately underpin an attractive waterfront promenade.

“Honeysuckle is the last remaining waterfront land in Newcastle, and we are investing to create spaces where people want to live, work and play,” said Ms Misevska.

Works are expected to start in early March, with road diversions will be in place later that month. For up-to-date information on the works, visit the Honeysuckle Works page, or call HCCDC on 4904 2750 with any enquiries.

 

Media contact:
Luke Robertson - 0436 286 408

 

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Honeysuckle Drive realignment map