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.

Updates and announcements

Tenders for the design, environmental assessment and construction tender documents for the upgrade at Testers Hollow were called in December 2017.

We are currently reviewing tenders and expect to award a contract for this work in early 2018.

Project background

Cessnock Road carries around 13,500 vehicles every week day between Kurri Kurri and Maitland. It is an important regional transport route 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 will raise the height of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow to reduce flooding and provide a more reliable connection during periods of severe weather.

Community engagement

We will work with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impact.

Next steps

We expect to award the design and environmental assessment contract in early 2018.

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