Green light for Cessnock Road project planning

Media Release

MM033/2018

05 April 2018

Joint release with:

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • $17 million project to improve flood immunity at Testers Hollow
  • The design and environmental assessment contract has been awarded
  • Planning stage of works expected to be completed by mid-2019

Motorists will soon benefit from an upgraded Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow following the award of the contract for the design and environmental assessment of the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the upgrade would redesign the alignment and level of Cessnock Road to reduce the likelihood of traffic disruptions due to flooding.

“In the past 10 years this section of road at Testers Hollow has flooded on at least six occasions resulting in road closures of between two and 17 days,” Mr McCormack said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said raising Cessnock Road would make life easier for local residents as well as helping to reduce freight and road maintenance costs.

“Upgrading the road through Testers Hollow will provide longer term benefits to fast-growing nearby communities like Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights,” Mrs Pavey said.

Senator for NSW John Williams said the heavily used road also provided an important link to the Hunter Expressway.

“We will continue to work with the community throughout the planning process to minimise project impacts. The planning stage of work is expected to be completed by mid-2019,” Senator Williams said.

This project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $15 million including the release of an initial $1.5 million for development work and the New South Wales Government providing $2 million.

Further information on this project is available at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/cessnockroad- testers-hollow/index.html.