Weakleys Drive Upgrade


Upgrade and widening of 1km of existing arterial RMS roadway to accommodate increased traffic volumes and provide access to adjacent industrial subdivision.

Scope of work:

  • Staging of the works in three separable portions to minimise impact on road users, residents and businesses
  • Additional traffic lanes and upgrading from two lanes to four 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 with the relevant stakeholders, KCE were able to complete the project with minimal impact
  • Specific ground engineering was required to address the existing alluvial foundations to optimise pavement performance