Permanent closure of Stanford Road

2 September 2011

The Roads and Traffic Authority is advising motorists and residents of the permanent closure of Stanford Road from 26 September, as part of the joint funded $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway project.

Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said Stanford Road will become a no-through road and fencing will be installed along the alignment of the Hunter Expressway.

“Two cul-de-sacs will be established on each side of the expressway. The cul-de-sac on the Stanford Merthyr side will be about 100 metres north of Anvil Street,” the spokesperson said.

“The cul-de-sac on the Heddon Greta side of the expressway will be located about 250 metres south of Main Road.

“Electronic message signs will be in place on Main Road and on Tarro Street/Mulbring Street to notify motorists of the changed traffic conditions.

“The closure of Stanford Road is required to build the western section of the Hunter Expressway, including the Kurri Kurri interchange,” the spokesperson said.

Motorists travelling between Stanford Merthyr, Heddon Greta and Kurri Kurri should use Tarro Street/Victoria Street and Lang Street/Main Road.

The Hunter Expressway project team is working closely with Cessnock City Council and community representatives about a proposed roundabout for the intersection of Maitland Street and Mulbring/Tarro Street.

Discussions are also under way about a potential emergency access trail or permanent link between the suburbs of Stanford Merthyr and Kurri Kurri.

The project team will release information to the community about these proposals as soon as details are finalised.

The Federal Government is contributing $1.5 billion and the NSW Government up to $200 million towards the Hunter Expressway.

Background on closure of Stanford Road

In 1995 the Roads and Traffic Authority displayed an environmental impact statement for the project (then known as the F3 to Branxton Link). The Roads and Traffic Authority finalised the road design and received approval from the appropriate government agencies in 2001.

In 2007 the Roads and Traffic Authority released a community update which provided an overview of the revised project with 15 design changes.

The Roads and Traffic Authority had a staffed display in March and April 2007 in the Kurri Kurri town centre to inform the community about the proposed design changes to the 2001 approved project.

The 2007 community update and display included information about the proposed closure of Stanford Road and submissions were sought from the community.

A total of 25 submissions were received, including 11 on the closure of Stanford Road. Some submissions were in support of the closure, while others opposed it. The issues raised in the submissions were addressed in the Roads and Traffic Authority’s submissions report of June 2007.

On 19 August 2007 the Minister for Planning approved a modification to the project that included the closure of Stanford Road.

In March 2010, Abigroup submitted its tender to build the western section of the Hunter Expressway based on the scope of work provided by the Roads and Traffic AuthorityThis scope of work included the closure of Stanford Road.

Abigroup started major work in April this year and Stanford Road is being closed as part of the building of the western section of the project, including the Kurri Kurri interchange.

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