Maitland Road and Duffie Drive intersection upgrade

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

Updates and announcements

Comments on the concept design for the intersection upgrade closed on Friday 4 November 2016.

Roads and Maritime will consider the feedback received to finalise the design.

The community will be notified before work begins on the upgrade.

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, around 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 provided $500,000 in 2016/17 through the State Blackspot Program to continue planning for the proposed intersection upgrade.

Key features

Roads and Maritime has considered several options for the intersection and has developed a proposal that will cater for traffic flows at this busy location in the short and longer terms.

The project will involve:

  • 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
  • Relocating utilities to accommodate the new 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.

Next steps

Upcoming activities include:

  • Finalise the intersection design.
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