Weakleys Drive Upgrade

Client: Hunter Land Holdings

Cost: $5.2M

Capability: Government

Location: Beresfield

Duration: 16 months

Overview:

Upgrade and widening of 1km of existing arterial RMS roadway to accommodate increased traffic volumes and provide access to adjacent industrial subdivision (Freeway North Business Park).

Scope of work:

• Staging of the works in 3 separable portions to minimise impact on road users, residents and businesses
• Additional traffic lanes, upgrading from 2 lanes to 4 lanes along the entire length
• New dual lane roundabout
• Left in left out secondary access to industrial subdivision including turning lanes
• 11 000m2 of new heavily bound and deep lift asphalt pavement construction
• New drainage systems and outlet structures
• Extension of existing road embankment and associated works
• 500m concrete barrier kerb
• Concrete cycleways and pathways including retaining walls
• Revegetation and landscaping
• Significant utilities relocation and realignment including water, sewer, gas, overhead and underground electrical and communications.

Highlights and challenges:

• Management of significant daily traffic volumes of over 30,000 vehicles. Weakleys drive was a critical connection route between the M1 Motorway and New England Highway prior to the opening of the Hunter Expressway. This road regularly operated in excess of capacity
• Weakleys Drive also provided access to several private residences and businesses. Through extensive consultation and being consideration of the needs of stakeholders, KCE were able to complete the project with minimal impact
• The existing geology including the poor quality alluvial foundation highlighted the changing specifications and standards of road construction by the asset owners over time. Their drive to achieve new infrastructure of the highest quality and standard featured consistently in the delivery of this project