This brings the project a step closer to commencement. Upgrades will aim to improve the flood resistance of the route to reduce delays in the area.
A new two lane road will be built around 1.5 metres higher than the current road surface which is expected to reduce the frequency and duration of impact that flood events have on the road.
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,” said McCormack.
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.
“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,” Toole said.
Construction is expected to begin later this year, with the project set to be complete in around two years.
The Federal Government has committed $15 million to the project on top of the $2 million committed by the NSW Government.
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