The $17 million Cessnock Road upgrade at Testers Hollow in the Hunter Valley is on track to commence in the near future, with Daracon Contractors awarded the contract to deliver the project.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, the project will stimulate the Hunter Valley region’s economy.
“Cessnock Road is an important regional transport route and upgrading it will deliver social and economic benefits,” he said.
“This is yet another example of the Australian Government continuing to roll out our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure pipeline, supporting jobs and communities at a time when it’s needed most.”
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Australian and NSW governments had invested in the upgrade to reduce the impact of flooding and improve connectivity.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Australian Government to deliver this important upgrade for the Hunter,” said Mr Toole.
“Every time it floods there is a risk that this road is impassable, which creates a lot of frustration and delays, not to mention a safety issue. This upgrade will ensure all road users including freight vehicles can keep moving.”
Senator for New South Wales, Hollie Hughes, said the awarding of the building contract was a major step forward for the project.
“Raising the height of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow will help reduce the frequency, duration and impact of flood events along Cessnock Road,” she said.
“This improvement will enhance connectivity between the Maitland area, Hunter Expressway and the broader community during heavy rain periods.”
The upgrade will include building a new two-lane road at around 1.5 metres higher than the existing road surface to ensure it is flood-proof during heavy rainfall.
Construction is due to begin later this year, with the new length of road expected to open to traffic in two years.