Maitland Road and Duffie Drive intersection upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Maitland Road and Duffie Drive intersection at Cessnock to improve safety and traffic flow.

Updates and announcements

Work on the intersection upgrade started on Wednesday 4 April and is progressing well.

Motorists are already benefiting from the operating roundabout and now the focus is on getting the final work activities completed. These include road resurfacing, line marking, concrete kerb work and new lighting.

Work is being carried out from 7am to 5pm on weekdays and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

There are some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

For more information please see our March 2018 project notification (PDF,152Kb).

Project background

Maitland Road is used by about 15,000 vehicles a day and connects Cessnock with surrounding suburbs and the Hunter Expressway. During peak times, about 140 vehicles per hour travel along Duffie Drive with 90 per cent of these vehicles turning right onto Maitland Road.

In the five years between January 2010 and December 2014 there were 19 crashes within 50 metres of the Maitland Road and Duffie Drive intersection, including 13 injury crashes and six tow-away crashes. The majority of crashes involved vehicles turning right out of Duffie Drive towards Neath.

The NSW Government has provided $2.9 million in 2017/18 through the Safer Roads Program to build a roundabout at the intersection.

Key features

The project involves:

  • Installing a single lane roundabout
  • Widening the road to retain separate left turn and through lanes on Maitland Road for motorists travelling west
  • Improving street lighting at the intersection.

The upgrade will not impact existing vegetation north of Maitland Road with all road widening activities to be carried out on the southern side of the intersection.

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