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I've just returned from Raymond Terrace this afternoon, the following are my observations getting there.
F3 to Raymond terrace. Cycle lane well marked on the Maitland road feed in with huge verge on the lead up ramp. Traffic lanes do not merge on the bridge but do so about 1 KM after crossing Hunter River.
A 1 meter wide lane (shoulder) exists crossing the bridge north bound and once clear of the bridge this grows to about 3 meters min width. Traffic is no worse than you would find on Maitland road. IE B Doubles, semi's and your average smattering of red P plate hoons. The trucks aren't a problem, they generally look out for you. One other point avoid peak hour.
Hope this helps.
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Yep, Hexham bridge is no more of a drama than any other well trafficked roads.
I rode Freshwater, Sydney to Nelson Bay via Cessnock last Saturday and this stretch of road was pretty much avoidable so some notes...
1) The roundabout at the end of the F3 is like any large roundabout. It is only 60km/h and was fine (at least on an Easter Saturday at ~13:00).
2) Passing the services a couple of hundred meters up the road there you need to use cycle crossings and the exit and on-ramps.
3) At the intersection of the Pacific Hwy/John Renshaw Drive (the road is called both at this point) and the New England Hwy (NEH) you need to take the exit to the NEH as if you are heading north east to Maitland, there is bike pathy thing which starts the other side of the hwy on ramp and crosses the NEH. Use this to cross and then use the shoulder on the other side of the NEH to head South East.... I hope that made sense? Zoom in on the map
4) If you want to turn right onto Tomago Road, you can use the pedestrian crossing to do so. There are ramps which look as if they are built for bicycles and for this very purpose.
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