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

Utility relocation work to prepare for the intersection upgrade will be carried out from Thursday 21 September for four weeks, weather permitting.

Work to relocate water mains will be carried out weekdays between 7am and 5pm. Changed traffic conditions will be in place, including temporary lane closures.

Work to build the new roundabout is expected to start in early 2018.

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 has provided $2 million in 2017/18 through the State Blackspot Program to build a roundabout at the intersection.

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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