Traffic lights for problematic roundabout
Traffic lights will be installed at Maitland’s problematic Church Street roundabout in an effort to reduce westbound queues during peak periods.
$1.5 million will be spent on the works, which will see traffic queue detectors placed on the roundabout’s westbound approach to trigger traffic lights in the afternoon peak and Cessnock Road widened to extend the left-turn lane by 100 metres near the u-turn bay to provide additional lane capacity.
“Work will start in April and involves installing traffic lights on the eastbound approach to the roundabout to help reduce westbound queues,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“The traffic lights are expected to better manage traffic in the afternoon peak by providing more frequent gaps between vehicles, to allow westbound traffic to travel through the roundabout.”
Outside of peak times the roundabout will operate as normal.
The area has been a consistent source of frustration for eastbound motorists since 2016, after the opening of the westbound flyover exacerbated existing traffic problems in the opposite direction.