Rain affects Hunter Expressway

19 November 2013

Rain affects Hunter Expressway

The Hunter Expressway is the largest infrastructure project currently under way in NSW.

It is scheduled to be open to traffic at the end of 2013, weather permitting.

The recent wet weather has set back the project and Roads and Maritime Services is working with contractors to determine the full impact to the opening date.

“We hope an opening date before Christmas can be achieved but the weather may push this back,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

“While we are continuing to monitor the weather forecast, the heavy rain last weekend and on Monday has had a considerable impact. Further wet weather is predicted this week.

“For this reason the planned community day will not go ahead on Saturday 23 November.

“We apologise to the community for the inconvenience.”

The $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $1.5 billion and the NSW Government contributing up to $200 million.

The 40 kilometre corridor will deliver a four-lane freeway link between the M1 (F3) Freeway near Seahampton and the New England Highway, west of Branxton.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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