Maitland New England Highway overpass set for completion by end of September, 2016

The New England Highway overpass is set to open to traffic by the end of September if weather permits.

The $51 million project was scheduled to open on Tuesday, September 20 but was delayed due to recent rain.

Final touches are in the works, which include asphalt surfacing at the eastern end of the overpass, guard rail completion, line marking and signposting.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) principal delivery manager Tony Gant said they will continue adjustment works on the highway after the overpass opens.

Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore said the project will be fantastic for Maitland motorists.

However, he said RMS will have to monitor other areas to ensure there wasn’t added pressure on other intersections.

Cr Blackmore said the overpass opening was a tribute to former Maitland state member Robyn Parker, who pushed for the project to come to fruition.

The project was part of $51 million allocated to the RMS to improve traffic flow and motorist’s safety between the roundabout near Maitland railway station and the roundabout near Maitland hospital. 

The main objectives of the overpass are to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.

The bridge will be a two lane, 80km/hour road.

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