The new Cessnock Road – Testers Hollow project route will be around a kilometre long and 1.5 metres higher than the existing road.
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the contract for construction of the new road was awarded earlier this year to Daracon Contractors, with the project expected to be completed in early 2023, weather permitting.
“We’ve already hit the ground running with site preparation works along the length of the project and will continue to keep the community and stakeholders advised as it progresses,” Toole said.
“I couldn’t be more excited that shovels are hitting the ground on this project so Hunter communities can have the roads they deserve.”
Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said once completed, the project will improve safety and access between the Maitland area, Hunter Expressway and the broader Hunter community during flood events.
“The project is expected to support around 50 direct and indirect jobs and an estimated 10 suppliers and contractors in the Hunter region while work is underway, pumping much-needed funds into the local economy during challenging times,” Davey said.
The project is jointly funded with the Federal Government committing $15 million and the New South Wales Government committing $2 million.