Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow

Roads and Maritime Services is developing a preferred option to reduce flooding and improve access reliability along Cessnock (Main) Road at Testers Hollow between Gillieston Heights and Cliftleigh.

The project would raise the height of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow to reduce flooding and provide a more reliable connection during certain flood events.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services has awarded a contract for the design, environmental assessment and construction tender documents for the upgrade at Testers Hollow.

Site investigations, environmental assessment and design work are under way.

We will be undertaking utility survey at night from 7pm to 4am on weeknights from Tuesday 5 February to Tuesday 12 February 2019.

This work will involve a utility survey team using ‘potholing’ equipment to determine the location of utility services in the area. The work will generate some noise. We will do everything we can to minimise any impacts to the community.

Changed traffic conditions will be in effect during night work, including reduced speed limits, traffic control and lane closures. Please keep to the posted speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

All lanes will remain open with speed limits maintained during the day.

Project background

Cessnock Road is an important regional transport route that connects Kurri Kurri and Maitland and links with the Hunter Expressway.

The road is subject to flooding at Testers Hollow, which affects local residents, commuters and freight in the surrounding area. Severe weather events can result in parts of the Gillieston Heights community being cut-off from road access.

The Australian Government has announced $15 million and the NSW Government has announced $2 million for the upgrade at Testers Hollow, subject to a final business case.

Project objective

The project would provide increased flood immunity along Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow between Gillieston Heights and Cliftleigh.

Community engagement

We will continue working with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impacts.

Next steps

Field investigations including site surveys and environmental studies are ongoing.

The planning stage of work is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

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