Intersection improvements at Broke and McDonalds Roads completed

8 September 2015

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Hunter today highlighted that residents, motorists and visitors to the Hunter Valley Wine Country are set to benefit with the completion of major intersection upgrades along the key Pokolbin route through Broke and McDonalds roads.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government provided $9.7 million through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund to upgrade the intersection to provide twin roundabouts.

“As part of the upgrade, large sections of both roads were rebuilt to improve traffic flow,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Work also included shoulder widening and installing a new cycle lane on Broke Road west of McDonalds Road to connect with the existing cycle lane from Ekerts Road. Shared paths have been provided between the two new roundabouts at Broke and McDonalds roads to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

“This project is expected to improve both safety and traffic flow along these key roads which provide vital access to the Pokolbin vineyards and mines to the north west.”

Mr Johnsen said this project is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver better roads for the Hunter wine region and forms part of the $20 million commitment from the 2011 election to upgrade vineyard roads.

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said the community response has been overwhelming.

“Feedback from local businesses and vignerons in the Pokolbin area has been positive with the benefits of the upgrade now visible,” Councillor Pynsent said.

“These new roundabouts are a substantial new feature which will help improve safety as well as manage traffic for commuters, tourists and concert goers.”

Uprgade work started in July last year and was carried out by Cessnock City Council.

“I am delighted that the NSW Government has also committed $16.7 million under the Resources for Regions program for Cessnock and Singleton councils to upgrade the full length of Hermitage Road and the intersection with Broke Road,” Mr Johnsen concluded

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