Tenders have now opened to build the Cessnock Road upgrade at Testers Hollow in NSW. The upgrade will reduce the impact of flooding and improve connectivity across the region.
The project is expected to improve connectivity between the Maitland area, Hunter Expressway and for the broader community. Raising the height of Cessnock Road will provide a more reliable connection during floods.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said the upgrade included building a new two-lane road at a level about 1.5 metres higher than the existing road.
“This is an important project that will ensure the local community can stay connected during certain flooding events,” Mr. Gulaptis said.
Senator for New South Wales Holly Hughes said severe weather events often close Cessnock Road resulting in expensive maintenance and repair costs.
“The new two-lane road will include two-metre shoulders and will be around 900 metres long between Gillieston Heights and Cliftleigh, built alongside the existing road,” Ms. Hughes said.
The Federal Government has committed $15 million alongside $2 million from the NSW State Government for the project.
Interested companies have until 1 April to submit their tender, with the successful contractor expected to be announced in the coming months.
Construction is estimated to start later this year and it will take around two years to complete.