Drivers will soon need to pass through another set of traffic lights on Belmont's main drag.
Work starts on Wednesday on installing new lights on the Pacific Highway, about 80m south of the Alick Street intersection.
They'll be the 11th set of traffic lights on a busy 3.5km stretch of highway between Belmont North and Belmont South, which regularly gets clogged with peak hour traffic.
The aim is to improve pedestrian safety, especially for elderly residents at the nearby retirement village.
“Work will also involve installing concrete islands on both sides of the highway to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians, and pram ramps to improve access to the new crossing,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“To allow this work to be carried out, Roads and Maritime will need to remove a few parking spaces along the northbound lane of the Pacific Highway.”
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. Some night work may also be required between 7pm and 5am.
It is expected work will be completed by end of May, weather permitting.
A 40 km/h reduced speed limit and lane closures will be in place during work hours.