Details released for busy Warners Bay intersection upgrade

A MAJOR intersection in Warners Bay will be redesigned to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has finalised the design for the intersection upgrade at Fairfax Road and The Esplanade.

The intersection is the main thoroughfare for motorists travelling from western Lake Macquarie to Cardiff, Warners Bay and Charlestown.

The RMS says more than 20,000 vehicles use the intersection each day and in peak travel times there are long queues on Fairfax Road due to a traffic bottleneck at the roundabout.

The state government has provided $5 million for the upgrade, which involves replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights to ease congestion.

It will also include much-needed pedestrian and cyclist access to the foreshore.

Some features of the new design were created based on community feedback, including a turn right bay on The Esplanade with access to a common driveway for residents. This will allow easier access to homes and improve safety by separating northbound traffic.

The roadworks are scheduled to start next month.

■ Go to rms.nsw.gov.au to view the roadwork plans.

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