The key aims of the project are to:
- Improve the look and feel of the area.
- Improve accessibility, safety, function and comfort.
- Upgrade infrastructure.
- Resolve drainage issues.
- Enhance the natural environment and improve water quality.
- Promote activity and enhance the economic sustainability of the local centre.
What is the process and where are we up to?
We now anticipate that the upgrade to Llewellyn Street will be completed in March 2021. A project update was distributed to local businesses and residents in August 2020 showing project staging.
Llewellyn Street is now re-opened to eastbound traffic between the Dent Street intersection and the western side of the pedestrian crossing near Merewether Street.
Access to the BWS drive-through remains open.
Westbound traffic will continue to be diverted along Berner Street and Merewether Street.
Dent Street is fully closed at the intersection with Llewellyn Street for approximately four weeks from 21 October. During this time access to Dent Street is via the southern end (Berner Street).
Temporary parking has also been established on nearby Merewether Street during construction. Please follow the on-site signage and directions of our team.
A project update flyer was distributed to local businesses and residents in April 2020.
2015 – 2016: Project development and consultation
In 2015 Council had received concerns regarding the lack of pedestrian facilities in Llewellyn Street near the shopping area between Dent and Merewether Street. At that time, Council had also recently identified Llewellyn Street as part of the Local Centres Program which prioritised this location for a traffic study. A traffic study was completed which acknowledged pedestrian volumes in the area.
Around this same time, a Development Application was submitted to Council for 25A Llewellyn Street to construct units with a ground floor day care facility. Given the nature and size of the development, it was envisaged that pedestrian and vehicle traffic would increase. A raised pedestrian crossing and kerb extensions would assist pedestrians to cross Llewellyn Street and also slow down traffic. The developer of 25A Llewellyn Street agreed to fund the raised threshold and pedestrian crossing and it was included in their building works program.
Council determined that the other proposed traffic calming devices and a pedestrian crossing at Dent Street would be funded as part of the Local Centre project.
The proposed plan was exhibited between 4 November and 2 December 2016, with majority support given to the proposed plan. The plan was then approved by the Newcastle City Traffic Committee on 19 December 2016.
2017 – 2019: Design
On 28 February 2017 Council approved the traffic component of the Llewellyn Street Traffic Plan. Concept design was completed in 2017, and detailed design was undertaken through 2018 and 2019. Investigations such as geotechnical survey and underground utilities location were undertaken to inform civil and landscape detail design. Detailed design has built on the community feedback provided through the PDP exhibition process which will create a vibrant, safe and active public space.
2020 – 2021: Delivery
The project has now reached construction phase, with works underway from June, and estimated to be completed by March 2021.
More detailed information about the works including access to properties, road closures, parking, power interruptions and logistics of the construction process will be provided to stakeholders during construction.
Also view the Llewellyn Street Merewether Process Flow Chart (pdf 2.6MB).