Upgrade at Main Road and Heddon Street,
Heddon Greta

Transport for NSW is upgrading Main Road to improve traffic flow and safety from Stanford Street to just north of Trenchard Street.

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MAY 2022

MAY 2022Work restarting

We are restarting work on the Main Road upgrade following some delays.

From Sunday 22 May, we will be working at night between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday for two weeks, weather permitting. Work will involve:

  • Shoulder widening work on the westbound road shoulder near Averys Lane
  • Permanently closing the entry to and exit from Averys Lane on Main Road

From Sunday 29 May, we will implement the traffic switch which involves installing new line marking and shifting concrete barriers , ahead of watermain relocation work starting.

The traffic switch will require some changes:

  • On street parking will be removed on the northern side of Main Road from about 100 metres west of Stanford Street to Heddon Street
  • Entry to and exit from Stanford Street on the northern side of Main Road will be temporarily closed
  • Stanford Street on southern side of Main Road will become left in/left out
  • Heddon Street will be opened to all turning movements (traffic lights will not be operational)
  • Access to properties on the northern side of Main Road will be managed through the work zone

This work will enable us to shift traffic to the southern side of the road (closer to the shops) to allow watermain relocation work to start on the opposite side of the road.

From Monday 6 June, we will be working during the day between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Friday. On occasion the work will require some night shifts and temporary watermain shutdowns, however we will notify the community before this takes place.

The contractor delivering the watermain work will be onsite carrying out preparation and establishment work for one week, with the main watermain construction starting from Tuesday 14 June.

The watermain construction will be delivered in sections and will gradually move throughout the site. Our road crews will be following behind to start the road work in these sections, including installing kerb and gutter, drainage and building the new road surface. The project is expected to be completed in early 2023.

We’d like to thank the community for their patience during this important work.

For more information please download the May 2022 project notification (PDF, 312Kb).

Project information

Stage one of the upgrade involved road upgrade work to facilitate the installation of traffic lights at the Main Road and Heddon Street intersection and providing two lanes in each direction at the intersection. This work has been funded and delivered by the Developer of the nearby residential estate and was required as part of the Developer's Development Application approval with Cessnock City Council.

To provide further traffic flow benefits to motorists, Transport for NSW has developed a second stage of work which would adjoin the upgraded intersection.

The NSW Government is investing $1 million through the Housing Acceleration Fund for the second stage of work and $2 million through the Traffic Efficiency Program, with a further $3 million provided through developer contributions.

This upgrade will manage traffic flow on Main Road and ensure the new Heddon Street intersection will operate effectively as traffic volumes increase, with significant residential development expected in the area over coming years.

The second stage of work involves:

  • extending the two travel lanes in each direction on Main Road.
  • extending the concrete median from Heddon Street to Stanford Street to improve safety by separating motorists travelling in opposite directions and preventing motorists from turning across multiple lanes.
  • banning right turns in and out of Stanford Street, to reduce the risk of crashes. Motorists will be able to turn right by using the new traffic lights at the Heddon Street intersection.
  • closing the access into Averys Lane from Main Road. Motorists will be able to access Averys Lane by using the new traffic lights at the Heddon Street intersection.
  • introducing a no stopping zone along this section of Main Road and at the Heddon Street intersection.
  • providing off-peak parking in front of the local shops. Parking will not be permitted between the hours of 6.30am and 9.30am and 3pm and 6pm weekdays.
  • installing roadside safety barrier to help prevent motorists from veering off the road.
  • providing a cycle lane to help cyclists travel safely through the intersection
  • upgrading watermains.
  • constructing the final road surface and traffic light posts at the intersection at Heddon Street

The traffic lights at Main Road and Heddon Street will be switched on when stage two has been completed.

View or download a copy of the project design (PDF, 553Kb).

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. A reduced 60km/h speed limit is in place. A reduced speed limit will be in place until completion of stage two. Temporary barriers will remain at the Heddon Street intersection with left in and left out access in place until stage two is completed.

Lane closures and traffic control will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times.

Work will be delivered in sections starting at the eastern end of the project. Parking will be impacted within the work area, however parking for the local shops will be provided during construction.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs.

Work will restart on the watermain relocation in May 2022. Once the watermains have been replaced, the work on the road upgrades will continue.

Frequently asked questions

  • The traffic lights at Main Road and Heddon Street will be switched on when the stage two work has been completed early next year. The intersection has been designed to operate with two lanes in each direction on Main Road, which is part of the work currently being delivered. The traffic lights cannot operate until stage two has been completed as the traffic management during construction requires lanes to be shifted to allow road work to be carried out. The barriers and traffic control measures are needed to ensure the safety of motorists until the final lane configuration is in place.
  • Work required under a Development Application (DA) is the responsibility of the developer. The DA outlines what is required and the first stage was designed and delivered by the developer to meet those requirements. As part of the review of the developer’s proposed intersection upgrade, Transport determined an additional stage of work would provide traffic efficiency benefits on Main Road into the future. A separate project was then developed and funding secured for delivery. Transport waited until the first stage was completed before progressing with construction to reduce issues with adjoining work areas, such as traffic management and construction access.

Project documents

Project notifications

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May 2022 project notification

Road upgrade on Main Road, Heddon Greta restarting from Sunday 22 May.

February 2022 project notification

Progress update for Main Road upgrade, Heddon Greta.

September 2021 project notification

Stage two work starting on Main Road upgrade, Heddon Greta from early October.

October 2021 project notification

Stage two work starting on Main Road upgrade, Heddon Greta from Monday 11 October.

September 2020 project notification

Project update for Main Road upgrade, Heddon Greta.

May 2020 project notification

Have your say on proposed upgrade of Main Road and Heddon Street at Heddon Greta.



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September 2020 consultation report

Main Road and Heddon Street upgrade, Heddon Greta.



Contact us

Email: chandra.kasturiarachchi@transport.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0428 614 711 (Business hours, Project Delivery Manager Chandra Kasturiarachchi)

Mail: Chandra Kasturiarachchi Transport for NSW - Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle 2300 NSW

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