Contract awarded for upgrade of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow

15 August 2020

The Cessnock Road upgrade at Testers Hollow is drawing nearer with the contract to build the project awarded to Daracon Contractors Pty Ltd this week.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $17 million project would stimulate the Hunter region’s economy.

“Cessnock Road is an important regional transport route and upgrading it will deliver social and economic benefits,” Mr McCormack 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 the 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,” Mr Toole said.

“Every time it floods there is a risk that this road is inaccessible, 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 is 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,” Senator Hughes said

“This improvement will improve connectivity between the Maitland area, Hunter Expressway and broader community during flooding.”

New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said motorists would soon see major benefits materialise from the project.

The upgrade involves building a new two-lane road at a level about 1.5 metres higher than the existing road to keep this stretch high and dry even during heavy rainfall,” Ms Cusack said.

“Construction is expected to begin later this year and the new length of road is expected to be open to traffic in two years, weather permitting.”

The Australian Government has committed $15 million to the project on top of the $2 million committed by the NSW Government.

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