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 carrying out onsite heritage investigations for the upgrade during February. This low impact work will involve project staff walking over the proposed site. No noise or traffic impacts are expected from this work.

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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