Sunday, June 23, 2024

Roadworks pave way for new stage of Wallsend renewal

The latest stage of a $6 million investment into roads and footpath improvements across Newcastle’s western suburbs has seen extensive road resurfacing wrap up along a section of Wallsend’s bustling Nelson Street. 

This stage of the Wallsend town centre renewal project saw the Nelson Street project delivered by repairing and improving the surface of the roadway, while the Main Street saw landscaping and streetscape improvements to enhance the look and feel of the town centre. 

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said the Council was focused on meeting the needs of the growing population in and around Wallsend. 

“This includes delivering road and bridge upgrades to alleviate traffic congestion, creating safer and more accessible cycling and pedestrian pathways, as well as doing more to help reduce the risk of the Wallsend CBD flooding during super storm events,” Lord Mayor Nelmes said.

“Through our Local Centres program, City of Newcastle is committed to upgrades in Wallsend that will benefit both businesses and residents by delivering a safer, more attractive place to visit, shop, dine, and meet with friends.”

Councillor Elizabeth Adamczyk, who is the Deputy Chair of City of Newcastle’s Liveable Cities Advisory Committee, said working with local Wallsend businesses and community during consultation and delivery was crucial.

“The works on Nelson Street were done at night to minimise disruptions during the day when thousands of vehicles and pedestrians use the area,” Cr Adamczyk said.

“We are ensuring that both the planning and investment in infrastructure occurs for the long-term vibrancy of this important business district and suburb to protect and enhance the liveability for our community.”

Dual-lane road upgrades at Longworth Avenue and Minmi Road are currently in the design phase, and work is planned to start early next year.

Community members are invited to provide feedback on these ancillary works via the Have Your Say page on City of Newcastle’s website before 1 July.

Before (above) and after (below) photos of the road surface in Nelson Street, Wallsend.

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